Beneath The Layers

Another highly recommended prompt, this time hosted by the effortlessly creative Justine from ‘eclectic odds n sods’. Follow the link to have a go. This week’s theme word is ‘Decadence’ inspired by the quote below :


“The exotic and the erotic ideals go hand in hand, and this fact also contributes another proof of a more or less obvious truth – that is, that a love of the exotic is usually an imaginative projection of a sexual desire.”
― Mario Praz, The Romantic Agony”

I found a picture a while ago and filed it away thinking inspiration may attack me later. When I saw the prompt the picture popped into my head again. Looking beneath the layers, beyond the here and now, perhaps what we show isn’t who we really are. I know the connection is loose but it worked for me….

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Original Photo :

Stripping back layers,

Behind what we see,

Beyond the resistance,

Beyond what’s beneath,

Tasting the hunger,

And feeling it wain,

Thirsting for heaven,

Its pleasure and pain,

Soaring for freedom,

The devil’s caress,

Drowning in ecstasy,

Its wanton finesse,

Touching and tasting,

Accepting it all,

Needing and wanting,

The rise and the fall,

Yet knowing it’s over,

As the layers fall away,

And all I am left with,

Is the decadent decay.

One thought on “Beneath The Layers

  1. gosh, wow, yet another fantastic piece of writing. You know I a such a fan of yours 🙂 That photo perfectly depicts what you have written, it looks like it was once such an opulent room that probably held many memories of decadent events. Your words had me reading faster and faster to the ultimate end and decline of that passion, wonderful and thank you for joining me in a moment of decadence, very humbled ❤

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