In the Residual

When is satisfaction anything more than an abstraction?

When the hands beneath the sheets tease to completion?

When milky secretions cling to the corners of unclasped lips?

When the bliss felt in a kiss precedes the venom in the after?

When the grandeur of a fantasy grows increasingly bleak?

When the risqué existence is no longer feasible to the hedonist?

When fleeing an unobtainable dream leads to writhing in the residual?

When the hells are empty and the devils are here?

When our hearts become gaudy souvenirs?

When the wells are depleted of their wishes?

When promises dissolve like derelict stitches?

When the stars systematically extinguish themselves?

When does pleasure equate to chaos?

When is lust poisonous enough?

a. duncan, 2020

♟Video featured track: ‘Princess Margaret‘ by Max Richter

♟Errant Notations: The line “when the hells are empty and the devils are here” is a direct homage/reference to a famous quote by William Shakespeare. Additionally on the recording I say “erase” in error, instead of the correct word: extinguish. Do forgive me 🙏🏼



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Amor et melle et felle est fecundissimus || Love is rich with both honey and venom

9 thoughts on “In the Residual

  1. You are forgiven. 😉

    When is lust poison enough? When it utterly consumes you and makes you forget about anything but now.

    This was dark and sensuous and I loved it. The line you had written “When the hells are empty and the devils are here?” reminds me of Romero’s Dawn of The Dead tagline – “When there’s no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth”. So dark and provocative.

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    1. I’m really thrilled that you enjoyed this so much, Rob. It’s an interesting question, isn’t it? Many pleasures are poisons… and many poisons are pleasures. A paradox is often woven throughout my work. Lust is indeed a powerful drug. 💋♟


  2. Been trying to think of pithy answers to the questions posed, can’t help it, that’s the way my brain works.

    Question #1: “When is satisfaction….?” Answer: When you are content without expectation.???

    Question #2: “When does pleasure equate chaos?” Answer: When the chaos is pleasurable.??? OK, that was a cop out but the question was hard!

    I’m going to have a beer now, satisfaction and pleasure every fluid ounce!

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    1. I adore these answers! As much as I adore the exponential choices of answers to rhetorical questions. They tell us much about the person answering. I believe on some level pleasure always equates to chaos. And that chaos can either be productive or unproductive. A catalyst or a comatose. ♥️♟so thank you for taking the time to respond to these musings. Your answers were wonderful. I hope that beer was to your satisfaction 😊🍺


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