Monday, November 21, 2011

A Study in Celibacy

Magpie Tale's photo prompt

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A Study in Celibacy
©2011 Susan Noyes Anderson

We wanted to experiment
with abstinence and self-restraint.
At first, surprised how well it went,
we muddled through without complaint.

The climate changed, and so did we.
Love’s "higher plane" was torture, squared.
Our celibate ability
was quite impaired; our tempers flared.

The tension swept through days and weeks.
Our longing triggered an eclipse.
Two heads, together, made some tweaks...
true meetings of the minds and lips.

But ix-nay on the hips. No hips.

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I'm flying with that Magpie gang again.
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32 comments:

Eva Gallant said...

Yes, tempers would flare!

Anna M said...

oh my. NO HIPS!

also known as the post-baby study in celibacy (at least 6 weeks)

Sue said...

Ah yes, Anna. I remember it well.

(And I believe that included the intensive sleep deprivation study, too...)

;)

cosmos cami said...

This was really cool.
The comic ending sent it home.

Cherie said...

I never want to be a part of this study - (wink!).
Interesting all the same.

Brian Miller said...

yes i can see where this might create a bit of angst...lol...ah the games we play...so close to the fire thinking we will not burn

Helen said...

I like the saucy energy of this!

Garden of Egan said...

Interesting.
Not sure I wanna be a tester though.

Sue said...

Pretty sure Paul and Joanne wouldn't wanted to be testers, either.

(Nor would I.)

;)

PS. I did have to laugh at Anna M's comment, though. Sometimes, choice is not involved...

karen said...

No hips...no fun. Cute take!

Mimi Foxmorton said...

lol
Wonderful! :)

Friko said...

I doubt that they practised it. On the other hand, long-married couple perhaps come to abstain out of sheer familiarity?

Oh well, what do I know. And if I did, I wouldn't say.
Thanks for visiting, I'll have to check you out.

Other Mary said...

x-nay on the hips - hahahaha! Great! And your song fits perfectly as well!

Carrie Burtt said...

Love it!! :-)

anitamombanita said...

great way to start the week!

Janet said...

:))

Farmer's Wyfe said...

Love it!!! Yes, indeed, ix-nay the hips. They just expand after marriage anyhow. :)

Farmer's Wyfe said...

Oops, I assumed this was referring to a dating couple...no celibacy studies in this house!!! :)

yaya said...

Hehehehe! I think you made me blush!

Dave King said...

Wonderful! The poem, that is, not sure about the experiment... was there a reason? What about a bit of back story? Failing which this is priceless. Thanks for it.

PⒿ @ $ € € ₦$ ₣®0₥... said...

First of all, how cute is that profile photo of you???!!! I totally love it. I've got to find a hat to fit my 25 inch head!

This was quite amusing - I remember being an old fashioned teenager and also the post-baby thing.

jen said...

I just tried to email you and the message came back as undeliverable. So I thought I'd leave a comment here:
I wanted you to know that
the quilt came, and it is a fabulous addition to my living room, carefully
draped over a chair. I actually took a short snooze yesterday afternoon in a
delicious puddle of sun under a cozy quilt . . .
Thanks. I'll think of you every time I see it (or snooze!)

Jenny

Cad said...

Not those two!

Lyn said...

The most fun! Lived happily ever after? Charming and witty!

Erika said...

I had to laugh at Anna's comment. I remember those six weeks. Could not quite understand hubby's question about it since we were so tired!

Erika
It’s a Wrap Link Party at Artful Rising

Sue said...

There really is no back story to speak of, Dave.

I just looked at the photo, noted the passion and the tension...and decided it looked like two people engaged in a very-diffifcult-to-maintain celibacy.

=)

PS. Of course, my frame of reference might be that I was a very conservative young girl with a looooong engagement. ;)

Doctor FTSE said...

Thoroughly enjoyable Magpie.

C Hummel Kornell a/k/a C Hummel Wilson said...

First approach from this direction. Well done. Love the giggle you gave me at the end.

Connie said...

A great poem for the photo! You made me smile...thinking about our dating years and (mentioned by Anna) post-baby time. :)

Lena said...

heh heh heh.......I like it....!

Christine said...

love that word, ix-nay, terrific magpie

zongrik said...

LOL - no hips

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