Self-indulgence #poem #poetry #prose poem #short prose


The smell of freshly baked bread in the nights when the ocean howls.

The moon’s eyes linger on my neck.

The kitchen is hot.

Your eyes rest on the buttons of my dress.

One eye faces the sacred.

The other craves for the profane.

I call into being the taste of that which is hidden below the existence.



The breath of a salty ocean on the skin.

Everything is here between primal and the infinity of possibilities: the epistemes of love; the essence of beauty; the whispers of a language you cannot understand.

You need me in your bones.

The moon needs me in her naked light.


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169 thoughts on “Self-indulgence #poem #poetry #prose poem #short prose

    1. Hello, my dear Shanyu. Thank you for your gorgeous comment. I am glad you thing so. See, no chills this time 🙂
      Thank you again.
      Sending you roses…

      1. Hey G. Yes, no chills this time! Just a wonderful silver moonlight aftertaste.
        Wonderful roses and even more beautiful under the night sky.

      2. Oh, thank you so much Shanyu. Roses under the night sky. Splendid.
        Sending more love to you.

      3. Thank you for the love and the bottled moonlight. Everything was adored. It still is.

    1. Aw.. thank you so much. That’s very sweet of you. Enjoy the rest of your day.

  1. Every time I see a post of yours with the lovely artwork which always accompanies it, I know I’m in for a treat. And this did not disappoint-beautiful as ever Gabriela 😊

    1. Thank you so much Ingrid. I am thrilled you liked it. Sending you love and hugs.

  2. Absolutely magnificent and very gorgeous poem!!! 😍 I love so much it!!! ♥️
    I send you a very big hug full of affection!!! 🤗❤️🌹
    xoxoxo 💕💕💕

    1. Thank you so much my dearest Ely. You are a gem and one of my best supporters. Your words make me happy.
      Sending you plenty of flowers

      1. So leggere l’italiano e parlare un po ‘. Io amo l’Italia.

  3. Extraordinary poem….. “The breath of salty ocean on the skin”…. “You need me in your bones. The moon needs me in her naked light.”…..The imagery is so powerful, lively & intense…..Never stop surprising me with your beautiful lines, dearest Gabriela 🌹❤️✨🔥

    1. Hello my dearest Navin,
      I immediately checked to see if you posted. I am stalking you 🙂
      Thank you so much for your delicious words. The moon is brighter when you comment on my posts. Clouds vanish from the sky.
      I am thrilled you liked the imagery.
      Sending you love, hugs, and best wishes for a fabulous weekend.

      1. You’re very welcome dearest G….I’m gonna wait with publishing my new poem at the moment….as I first need to send the link to “are you receiving notification” post to WP, such that they can see that the issue isn’t in just in my head….if they can fix the issue, then it’s great….if they can’t, I’ll create a new site….I’m loving though, you’re stalking me….just like the moment I see your post’s notification….I click it to read your beautiful poem right away….much love, hugs & have a beautiful weekend….it’s very warm here ☀️💛

      2. I can’t wait to read your next poem. I hope the site issue will be solved soon. Thank you for your beautiful wishes ❤️🌹❤️🌹

    1. Thank you so much for your beautiful words, dear. I think this is the first time we talk to each other. Something to celebrate 🙂

      1. You comment only if you wish. I did not mean to come out imposing. You have nothing to apologize about. I was just happy you commented. Sending lots of hugs and thanks.
        Have a beautiful weekend

  4. “One eye faces the sacred.

    The other craves for the profane.”
    Oooh! Love this, G! In fact, I could quote the entire poem actually!
    Just gorgeous…that hint of sensuality! 🌷❤️🤗

    1. Aw.. thank you so much for beautiful comment Punam. I am so glad you picked on those lines. You are a sweetheart. May you have a beautiful weekend filled with love.

      1. I’ll have a wonderful one if you promise you’ll have a wonderful one too.

      2. Thank you ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

    1. You are so sweet. You are showering me with compliments today. Thank you. Have a wonderful weekend. Be happy.

  5. That was really quite provoking and sensually written. So poetically beautiful.
    Love this line “One eye faces the sacred. The other craves for the profane”.
    Let’s face it, the later was most likely true.. sorry about it.. lol

    1. Thank you for your beautiful words Cindy. When you comes to the eyes I can’t say you are not right :). Have a beautiful weekend.

  6. I truly love this poem, but then I always love your work. This one in particular has the strange effect of making me yearn for something I can’t define, whatever those things “hidden below the existence” are. Those abstract things we can sense, possibly even begin to name, but can only describe through suggestions.

    How are you? School and work start for me again on Monday. Have you gone back yet?

    1. Hi David,
      Thank you so much for your beautiful words and for the praise. You know how much they mean to me. I wish you a wonderful semester and please stay safe. Please stay in touch too.
      School stats next week here. I am almost ready. I had a couple meetings with my students via zoom. They like in person classes more. I understand that. How am I going to entertain them? Any ideas? One of the classes is small. It’s basically sponsored research. I will be fine on that one. The other one is mandatory for graduate students and it’s relatively large. That’s where the difficulty of keeping everyone alert comes in. I will break that class in small discussion rooms and see how it goes. I will start on Zoom but perhaps I should move to Canvas. I’ll see.
      If you have any ideas let me know.

      Again, good luck to you with everything and please stay in touch.

      1. You are so very welcome, Gabriela.

        I’m afraid I don’t know much about how to keep everyone alert over zoom. I can see that the students are in a more distracting environment because they’re in their own homes, and that the only way to really overcome that is through engaging and energetic dialogue, but that has its limitations. I know you will figure it out. All my classes are on Canvas this semester. It’s our university’s first semester using Canvas, so it should be interesting.

        Good to luck to you as well, and I’ll definitely keep in touch.

      2. Yes, Canvas is pretty interesting. I hope everything goes well. Have a wonderful semester.

    1. Thank you so much Java. I love your comment and I am very grateful to you for it. Have a splendid weekend my dear 💝

      1. It’s fair Gabriella. I must add that this poem is like a dream to me, I’m really stumped for words. Thank you for writing it😭

      2. Oh, you are so sweet Jude. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. May every minute of this weekend make you happy.

  7. Oh this is so beautiful and sensual dear Gabriela.

    Your imagery is absolutely gorgeous.
    “The moon’s eyes linger on my neck.”

    “You need me in your bones.
    The moon needs me in her naked light.”
    Such a beautifully thought out ending. The emotions, imagery, words, are so intense and sublime.

    Such a marvellous piece sweetheart.
    Sending lots of love and hugs♥️

    1. Such a beautiful comment Ishita. Thank you from my heart. You are adorable. Wishing you a wonderful week ahead.
      Much love

      1. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

    1. Aw.. Rene.. thank you so much. You are a darling. I am thrilled you liked it.
      Have a beautiful rest of the day.

      1. Thank you again Rene and have a lovely day too 🌸🌹❤️

  8. Evocative and passionate. Whoa, Gabriela, you got my heart going there as I was forming in my mind what you painted so eloquently with words. Par excellent!! Thank you! xo

    1. Amy, you are so kind. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the praise and the beautiful comment. Have a wonderful week ahead 🌹❤️

  9. Truly gorgeous writing, beautiful Button as always. My favorite lines are toward the end, “Everything is here between primal and the infinity of possibilities: the epistemes of love; the essence of beauty; the whispers of a language you cannot understand.”

    You need me in your bones.”

    Sorry to be late on reading this piece and commenting, trying to catch up today. Your life must be hectic this time of year. Hope all is well my dear friend. Love to you, honeybun

    1. Thank you from the bottom of my heart honeybun. I hope you feel well. I know you had a difficult week so no need to apologize. Sending you plenty of love and my apologies. I am overwhelmed with work. I will get to your site as soon as I can.
      Love and blessings.

      1. Hello beautiful Button. I know you must be hanging by a thread with all the constant changes at Universities. I am grateful for your understanding and I know you will visit when time allows. Love to you, honeybun 🤗💕❤️💖🌺
        Don’t worry as I am sending gifts today. Your gift is a hundred fairies carried by storks in baskets. They have already been instructed to clean your home, bake fresh cookies, brew some excellent coffee ☕️ and to help you with this year’s syllabus. When you are done send them to someone else you love. Hugs 🤗 honeybun

      2. My Dearest Honeybun,
        Thank you so much for your understanding and for the gift. It is divine.
        “They have already been instructed to clean your home, bake fresh cookies, brew some excellent coffee” This is what I need the most. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
        Sending you beautiful flowers, love, and blessings.
        stay inspired honeybun.

      3. Good morning my dear Button. I am delighted you got your gift. I know they are well trained but don’t be tempted to keep them. I hope all is well with you my friend. I am putting your fresh flowers all over the house and they smell divine. Thank you so much for the prayers and blessings Button. Sending you lots of love and blessings also and a jar of buttons from all over the world.
        Love you,

  10. Welllll……I think I’ve told You before that always before I visit Your post I sit with Your wonderful book and read a few poems. Just read Sunday…and Greek Summer and the one about baking bread in the full moon whose title I’m forgetting…(read that one twice) and now this. Your poems wash over so much depth and beauty that it never ceases to amaze me. You absolutely capture moods/places/feelings with crystal precision. I feel like I stood under a waterfall of clear, beautiful water after this magical dose of Your poems! Good Lord! Cheers, Thank You, WOW and rock on, Beautiful Gabriela!!! 💕💕💕

    1. Katy, thank you so much for your beautiful comment. You touch my heart in so many ways. I am grateful for your support and for your wonderful words. Your comment brought so much love in my life today. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. May you always be loved. May you always be happy. May all your evenings be filled with magic. May you continue to share with all of us your wonderful work.

      1. Goodness!!! I may not even need the rest of my coffee this morning, Sweet Gabriela! What a lovely prayer, blessing, wish to wake up to! Thank You so very much!!! And it’s always soooo much my pleasure! Seriously. Loving Your beautiful words and letting You know is a very effortless joy for me!!! I’m so happy that it touches Your heart as deeply as Your words touch mine! It’s a happiness circle! We’ll take it!!! Sending You TONS of Love and hopes that You have an absolutely wonderful week!!! 🤗❤️🙏🏼💕😊

      2. Katy, my dearest, what a beautiful reply.You are an angel. I told you before and I am telling you now. Your love and support for others, your magnificent art and poems. I am so glad you are here my beautify Katy.
        Have a splendid rest of the week.

      3. Awww. Thank You so much, Gabriela!!! I am so happy You are here as well, for the exact same reasons! I hope You have a splendid weekend!!! That’s such a great word. Splendid. Let’s have a splendid EVERYTHING, Beautiful Gabriela! 🤗❤️😊

      4. My dearest Katy, sending you love and hugs. Have a wonderful Sunday.

    1. Kally, that is so sweet of you to say. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    1. Aruna, my dear, I know you are worried about Drew. I am sending you love and blessings.

      My dear, I do not know more about Drew than you probably do. I saw the latest update on his blog. I did not hear from him. I definitely pray he is well. That’s all I can say.
      Take good care of yourself.

  11. Wow 🤩 wow 🤩 wow 🤩 what an epic stellar magnificent verse. Every word is carved beautifully diligently with so much finesse. I think this is your best, G. I fav this. Want to frame and hang it up where I can see it everyday.

    1. My dearest Queen of Poetry, you are a sweetheart. Thank you 🌹Thank you 🌹Thank you 🌹Your words aren’t divine. Sending love ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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