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Passion has long been used as a central theme in many poems throughout time. It is defined by Merriam-Webster dictionary as "a strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement for something or about doing something". It also defines it as "a strong sexual or romantic feeling for someone". Symbolism is widely used by poets to relay these emotions. In the poem "Sexual Fire From Within" by Peter LeBuhn, the author uses a fire to present a vivid picture of the passion and desire he has toward a woman. Three elements are needed to start a fire. These are heat, fuel, and oxygen according to the National Park Service. That seems simple enough, but how does that apply to this poem? The author states in his own words that "Many words that are written and spoken are from real life and feeling. This is what I attempt to convey to the reader as I write, to pull the reader into the experience as I write." In this poem the author uses a fire as a symbol for the passion and desire that rage within him. The first element in starting a fire is an ignition source. "Heat comes first from the ignition source" as explained in the Fire Triangle by the National Park Service. It would seem that there is a fire ready to be started at any moment given the right ingredients. In this poem one ignition source is the poet's lover's touch. The first two lines of the poem affirm that. It clearly states, "There is a fire within us...that only needs touch to bring forth flame". This simple touch is the spark that the poet needs to start a consuming fire within himself. In the next lines a whisper is another igniting factor. "Passion ignites...when I hear you whisper my name". He goes on to describe how his "body shivers...oh... but not from cold... but from the sweet anticipation...of a desire that never seems to grow old". Later in the poem he again references the anticipation as she kisses his forehead "Sending chills all down my spine Can't wait the anticipation...". The anticipation of things to come may mean that this is just the beginning. Fuel is the next element in starting a fire. It is defined as "any material that will burn". Of course, these lovers are not going to literally burn, but the author describes his feelings about being with this woman as something that is burning within. The fuel to this fire are the actions portrayed by these two. In one instance he tries to evoke a response from her as he says, "I lay my head upon your chest, kiss your skin softly. breathing the manly scent of me. Intoxicating you like fine wine." He uses three deliberate actions to arouse her. He places his head on her chest which is a sensual part of a woman's body. One can deduce that he used some manly scent so as to further awaken her senses. His whole purpose is "making your senses whirl". Those are deliberate actions in order to elicit the desired response and it works. As he writes in the next few lines, she responds by fueling that same fire by "softly caressing my back...making me melt...". Her act of caressing him is the fuel to further the fire. Fire can make something melt if it is hot enough and only by fueling it will it me made hotter. After she caresses his back he feels that "every nerve is tingling... with the need of you". Her caresses keep the fire going to the point that when she kisses his forehead softly it is "sending chills all down my spine". Oxygen is the last element needed to keep a fire burning. It is what keeps the fire going. It will die off without it. In this poem one can say that the next level in this encounter is their physical closeness. Kisses become touching as he states "Hands roaming each others bodies, Filling the silkiness of your skin". This physical closeness creates a response in him to the point where his "heart starts pounding from pleasure As your fingers run over my treasures". One can only imagine what the reference may be as treasures are different for everyone. The symbolism of sliding a key as she turns may mean that their encounter has reached its end result which only increases his passion close to the end of the poem. By the last four lines of the poem the oxygen has run out. It appears that the poet has been satisfied for he "saw the flames burning in your eyes". In this poem the author pulls the reader in to experience the passion and desire that is within him. He describes it as a fire and he uses various actions that represent the elements associated with starting such a fire. Whether it was love or lust is not clear, but what is clear is the deep passion and desire between these two lovers.

Works Cited

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/passion

http://www.nps.gov/fire/wildland-fire/learning-center/fire-basics/fire-triangle.cfm

http://www.poemhunter.com/peter-lebuhn/biography/

http://www.poetrysoup.com/poems_poets/print_poem.aspx?ID=40625

Sexual Fire From Within

There is a fire within us.. that only needs a touch to bring forth flame.
Passion ignites... when I hear you whisper my name.
My body shivers... oh... but not from cold... but from the sweet anticipation... of a desire that never seems to grow old.

I lay my head upon your chest.. kiss your skin softly. breathing the manly scent of me...
Intoxicating you like fine wine... making your senses whirl...
Your hands... are softly caressing my back... making me melt... yet every nerve is tingling... with the need of you.

You gently lift me up and softly kiss my forehead
Sending chills all down my spine
Can't wait the anticipation...
Softly kiss up your body gently caress our lips...
My body fills with excitement and anticipation
Hands roaming each others bodies
Filling the silkiness of your skin

My heart starts pounding from pleasure
As your fingers run over my treasures
Gently sliding the key in as you begin to turn
Gently stroking my body
OHHHH MY GOD is all I could whisper...
Our passion increases...
Our souls ignited...
You lower down and kiss me passionately and I know I am in Heaven
For I saw the flames burning in your eyes.

Peter LeBuhn

Copyright ©2006 Peter B. Lebuhn

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