the essence of you

the essence of you

You are a simple stroke,

      The swift essential line

By which the artist can evoke

      In Man what’s divine.


Then, you are divine form

       Cast in essential grace:

God took as human beauty’s norm

      Your glowing face.


Then you are a glowing blade,

       Essence of the metal

Drawn from the rocky core, and made

       Perfect as a petal.


Then, you are a perfect flower,

        Quintessence of the red

Upon a curving stem – the colour

        Of a lover’s bed.


I lie in your loving arms

       Distilling your essence,

In consummation of the charms

       That spells your presence.