… standing in the pew at the Latin Mass
fumbling and thumbing my missal …
it’s such a distraction when the nubile lass
just in front adjusts her skirt, twisting and
bobbing as if God is twirling her stem
like a pretty flower in His hand …
He has his wife slung over his shoulder and she is waving to the camera.
Women being carried, including in the “bridal carry” is a common cultural trope. Even Rey in the latest Star Wars movie is carried like this, as I noted here.
Here is an example I have written about before:
It is a long time ago now, but as I recall, I carried my wife over the threshold of our home.
As for lifting one’s woman up, one of the most dramatic and sexy things I ever saw was a man at a trivia contest night express himself – he had maybe had a bit to drink – by lifting his wife over his head like a barbell. I have never forgotten it.
Though turned like a flower
twisted on the stem
every part shown
from top to bottom
from head to toe still shares
in the woman’s charm.
H/T Chris Gale. Chris thought this video might have inspired my poem. No. But it is a powerful music video. The woman playing the girl in the car is Irish actress Elaine Cassidy. In any case, I think she seems lovely in the video, which ends sadly. I have set it up to begin when she appears.
She can be seen below in the role of “Lucy Honeychurch” in “A Room With a View”.
She is playing an English girl here, although I think she is very typical of some Irish women. I have wondered, semi-seriously, if my attraction to girls like this is some “race memory” from my Irish side.
In suit and tie I ambled home,
the humbled office worker,
tired to his wife, but on a whim
I dropped into a shop that
smelled of sandalwood,
and took home an anklet with
tiny bells, and some magic,
for even after all our years
she put it on that night
and made music in my ears.
The Plain of Eden
When first he saw a young woman
run, her naked limbs flashing brown,
bounding lightly like a gazelle, man
captured her and called her Eve.