9edcc63634776b74ee5539c5d4f18ce7She sat

the leather of the chair

damp beneath her

no underwear

revealed in candle light

a straight spine

a crouching mind

she obeyed

not for fear or need to ruin

but the sheer freedom of feeling

her knees rub against carpet

her mouth close upon bit

her eyes lost beneath satin

she knew

when it came

the lash would last

as long as forever

the welt may diminish

the pain may recede

still she could feel

the weight of regard

afixed to her as light of fire place

illuminated what she could not

her darkness exposed

take what you will

take what she cannot give


and in setting her free

she is within and without cage

able at last

to feel the breadth of herself

by your regard she finds reflection

not the echo she reinterprets

there in the scour of past

but the lover

piece by piece she learns

to offer her secrets

for trust is earned

in every move toward

the command

25 thoughts on “Command

  1. Beautifully profound and insightful. 🙂
    You should totally be a guest blogger on my blog.

  2. Damn Candice. I think this is the most sensual and intriguing submission poem I have ever read. Incredibly evocative and nuanced and ringing with emotional truth. Like our innermost fantasies (or secrets) brought to life.

  3. Something I won’t ever understand, and don’t want to either. However beautifully the act of submission is described, I can’t see anything but another angle on the sanctioning of brute force. Not a criticism of your poem, simply the act.

  4. I don’t remember the quote exactly….something similar to the prison guard is the prisoner….powerfully and beautifully written where you again give us, or me, the reader space between the lines to absorb ( after reading each piece several times) what you have created. It is there, I take my time and allow each line to take me places you write about. Thank you for sharing your gifts!

  5. I completely understand this and connect to it just as easily as if you were describing how to cook spaghetti.

    Excellent offering.

  6. I honestly don’t see much difference between the who sado-maso stuff and turning the voile into some kind of integral part of feminist ideology. Both defy logic.

  7. Whew….this is simply amazing and pulse-quickening, Lady. Absolutely marvel at your ability to strike so much detail in so little words. ❤

  8. I don’t know how you have the time to do all the lovely things that you do and write so well yourself but I am grateful ever when included in your art and your journey!

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