“The River”


Spiral right back into Life

For friends and readers who don’t mind a little erotica.

The sun streams in the window

like a jarring benediction

from a loud- mouthed priest.

It falls upon us

as we spoon asleep,

your back  to me,

my nose on your skin

breathing  in the miracle of you.


Last night, our first in spent passion,

that particular coin flowing like a river

between us,

you brought hot, wet towels

to clean up the waters left by the flood.


Bending over me,

parting my thighs with your hands,

I wanted you to leave the damp alone,

and slide your hand

into the still wet, faintly pulsing dark chasm,

my hollow jerking and twisting at the end of you.



I curled up like a fiddle-head fern,

embraced your dark head with my hands,

pulling your mouth to mine,


and we flowed down that river again.


Jane Kohut-Bartels

Copyrighted, 2016

This poem was “Poem of the Year” at ERWA back in 2010.  It is included in “A Seasoning of Lust” which is being reissued on Createspace  in a few weeks.  My deepest gratitude to Nick Nicholson, in Canberra, Australia for doing the rework. With a friend like this for over 10 years, you are never alone.




An email from Jingle Nozelar Yan (JP at Olive Grove ):

“when you post on word press or blogger, you do not have to pay or ask permission in person. which is what we count for.”

Every poet and poet group I frequent would find that surprising.  There are Copyright Laws in the US,  Jingle. Even in China. But bless your little  heart.

Please  don’t read my work on her site. If you care about literature, you will go to the original source and bypass Jingle Bells.



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13 Responses to ““The River””

  1. Kay Says:

    Oh so lovely!


  2. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Kay! I deeply appreciate your reading and comment.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Kay Says:

    It’s my pleasure reading. Hugs back. 💜

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Brian Says:

    Bravo. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  5. ladynyo Says:

    lol! Wouldn’t it be ‘brava’??? Thank you, Brian.


  6. M Says:

    whew !


  7. ladynyo Says:

    Is that a good whew or a bad whew? LOL!


  8. ManicDdaily Says:

    Agree with m’s comment! Glad to see you! K.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. ladynyo Says:

    And glad to see you.


  10. mother wintermoon Says:

    Delightfully erotic and sensual. I felt the heat emanating.


  11. ladynyo Says:

    Thank you, Mother Wintermoon. I’m surprised that piece didn’t get negative criticism. I guess the personal censors in readers had fallen asleep. That time. LOL! Overall, people are very diplomatic with these things…and I am grateful. I have only been writing for 10 years, and I learned how to write at ERWA. (Erotica Readers and Writers Assoc) in those early years and it was a good classroom, but I needed to go in a different path. The discussion whether what we were writing was erotica or porn and were they the same drove me over the edge. LOL!

    Liked by 1 person

  12. mother wintermoon Says:

    Haha! Is there a thin line between porn and erotica? Methinks not! 😄 Rock on!


  13. ladynyo Says:

    Well, I titled my first book “A Seasoning of Lust” because I believe that erotica should be a seasoning….not the whole damn meal. This book is being reissued in a few weeks on I believe Createspace??? I’m not doing it, a dear dear friend in Australia who formatted my last two books is doing it. Thank God. I can’t format for shit. I did edit it, but I would trust him with this, too. He has an eagle eye, and is an excellent writer and poet. Far better than I am. He’s visited us twice in the last 3 years, and stayed with us. You can imagine what we did with my stuff….LOL!. As for difference between porn and erotica? It’s in the touch….I believe. Anais Nin had a lot of good things to say about that. But I got tired of the back and forth and also was straining at the bit at ERWA. Not all writings call for erotica. And I certainly didn’t want to produce porn. hate the stuff…makes me feel dirty. I avoid it as much as possible. Sex should be inferred or handled carefully. You don’t want to scare the children or chickens. LOL! Thank you!

    Liked by 1 person

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