Au Naturale





Increasingly insistent, drawing in at the midpoint


Followed by fiery flashfloods to the brain–oceanic bliss disturbed


 A new knowing-

mouth becoming wet, the midpoint tightens and again

Flashfloods. Full force. 

Skin brushes against skin

A turning. Immediate. Reflexive. Milk comes.

The wet mouth roots, grasps.

Sucking hard, tongue against nipple, kneading.

Needing. Emanations of warm, wet, thin liquid

begin to flow rhythmically. Profusely. Sucking hard,

swallowing in rhythm. Furious, consuming rhythm.

And more. The midpoint expands, softens and relaxes.

Filling up with warmth, peace. The breast empties.

The tongue slows.

The mouth loosens and the body rests.


Helen J. Shoemaker, Ph.D., LMFT
Director, Counseling Psychology Programs
Holy Names University

About Winding Stream Press

Janice DeRuiter Eskridge, M.F.A. is a poet who worked for over a decade as a poet-teacher for California Poets in the Schools. Helen Shoemaker, Ph.D. L.M.F.T. is a university professor who teaches in the areas of child development and counseling. She is also a therapist in private practice.
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1 Response to Au Naturale

  1. Loved this. Thanks for following.


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