One of my favorite poems is from ee cummings (I love to stylize phrases with using all lowercase so I always liked the look of this poems) called may i feel said he, published in his 1935 collection of work No Thanks.

It has been written that may I feel said he is “a sensually ecstatic tribute to love and a humorous salute to the mating rituals between men and women.” For me, that’s exactly what it is. It’s playful, it’s flirty, and a bit naughty and illicit (an obvious affair is occurring). The last line is punctuated with a capital letter, something rare in his work (so very important to the context of the poem). Judge for yourself.

may i feel said he by ee cummings

may i feel said he
(i’ll squeal said she
just once said he)
it’s fun said she

(may i touch said he
how much said she
a lot said he)
why not said she

(let’s go said he
not too far said she
what’s too far said he
where you are said she)

may i stay said he
(which way said she
like this said he
if you kiss said she

may i move said he
is it love said she)
if you’re willing said he
(but you’re killing said she

but it’s life said he
but your wife said she
now said he)
ow said she

(tiptop said he
don’t stop said she
oh no said he)
go slow said she

(cccome?said he
ummm said she)
you’re divine!said he
(you are Mine said she)

BONUS: I stumbled upon a video of Tom Hiddleston (not a huge fan [anymore], but he has a great voice) reciting this poem. A lot of the sexiness of the words come through.

Do you find this to be a sensual poem as advertised?

Also, there has to be someone out there that likes and reads poetry. Any particular one you find sexy or romantic?

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