“Ghosts”…from “A Seasoning of Lust”

Japanese Ghosts

Something different.  An earlier poem, around 2009.

Lady Nyo


Ghosts of lovers gone

circle my head in pale tones

grazing my body

with hands and lips now grown cool.

My loins slight response

barely encourages

but lust knows its course

and demands my devotion

and still calls forth  attention.

In the past I knew

plump lips, rounded soft belly

blossom of my youth.

All of these circling ghosts

touched the filament

some of them the fundament!

Fast lusty dances

mouths and tongues greedy with joy

loins wrapped around loins straining.

Now, silence- alone,

all gone in the haze of time

spooks disturb my sleep

but still my skin remembers-

the scrap of a nail,

the caress of a soft hand,

teeth grasping a lip.

The flesh loses much regard

but memories surface still.

Jane Kohut-Bartels

Copyrighted,  2009

from “A Seasoning of Lust”, available from Lulu.com

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26 Responses to ““Ghosts”…from “A Seasoning of Lust””

  1. Ledia Runnels Says:

    Nice descriptions…


  2. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Ledia. An early poem.

    Lady Nyo


  3. Ledia Runnels Says:

    You are welcome.


  4. Mama Zen Says:

    Gorgeous, gorgeous!


  5. ladynyo Says:

    Oh! Thank you, Mama Zen!

    Lady Nyo


  6. brian Says:

    wow…nice intensity of those feelings of lust or love lost and the bodies reactions even in knowing they are long gone…glad you gave us a flashback..smiles.


  7. poemblaze Says:



  8. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, poemblaze.

    Lady Nyo


  9. ladynyo Says:

    LOL~…thank you, Brian.

    Lady Nyo


  10. ayala Says:



  11. marousia Says:

    It speaks!


  12. Monkey Man Says:

    Great close. Love those last lines.


  13. barbara Says:

    lovely and the last stanza says so much…the flesh …but the memory stays forever young…and youthful…bkm


  14. KB Says:

    The skin remembers indeed. Very nicely done.


  15. Gay Cannon Says:

    Having nostalgic thoughts tonight. These are strange times. Your poem was a perfect accompaniment as faces of the past have been winging in and out all evening, not so much in romantic states, just as lost socks showing up without mates years later. This was quite beautiful especially liked the end “The flesh loses much regard / but memories surface still.


  16. ladynyo Says:

    Hi Gay….I’m in the same place right now….must be from growing older.
    Yes, these are strange times.

    Thank you for reading and leaving a kind comment. Much appreciated.

    Lady Nyo


  17. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, KB…

    and thank you for reading and leaving a comment.

    Lady Nyo…sick with flu right now…feel like a ghost a bit.


  18. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Barbara….right now I feel ….old. Almost a ghost…lol!

    Thank you for reading and your comment.

    Lady Nyo


  19. ladynyo Says:

    Hey Monkey Man…

    Thank you for reading and your comment.

    Lady Nyo


  20. ladynyo Says:

    Hey Marousia,

    thank you….and for reading “Ghosts”.

    Lady Nyo


  21. Brendan Says:

    The hours of love are never lost, although they do disappear from the surface. A fine calibration here of the heart in which all those nights remain. A ghost-house where the images cannot fade. – Brendan


  22. pete marshall Says:

    not once did i pause in reading this…and by that it is a compliment…the flow and softness of the words kept this read constant..right through to the end…really enjoyed this..cheers pete


  23. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Pete..

    I learn so much from those who read and comment. Gives ideas and inspiration in the poetry.

    Thank you, my friend.

    Lady Nyo


  24. ladynyo Says:

    Oh! Brendan!

    Your words are poetry indeed. What a lovely vision you weave.

    Thank you for reading and your thoughtful comment.

    Lady Nyo


  25. Eric Says:

    Succubus alert! (LOL!)

    All kidding aside, this is haunting and sensual – and a little sad.


  26. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Olivia!

    I was a little shy of the implied eroticism, but that is very much a part of being a writer, neh?

    Thank you for reading and your lovely comment.

    Lady Nyo


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