Scheherazade Incarnate, poem for Valerie

Scheherazade Incarnate
(For Valerie)

Beautiful, Passionate, Sexy,
You want to love her.
But don’t do what Shahryar did,
And most men do — kill the gift —
Eat the fruit and throw away the core,
The essence — and be done with her.

But instead, she’ll go to your head
And heart, with her wondrous stories
Of transformation, keeping you
Transfixed, wanting more —

You’ll never want to leave her
Nor want her to leave
Scheherazade Incarnate

© Ken Chawkin
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Fairfield, Iowa

Read some of Valerie’s articles at Rebelle Society
And this interview at

Visit Valerie’s website and buy her book, Enlightenment Is Sexy.

See the List of One Thousand and One Nights characters
Listen to Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade / Gergiev · Vienna Philharmonic · Salzburg Festival 2005

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5 Responses to “Scheherazade Incarnate, poem for Valerie”

  1. Valerie Gangas Says:

    This is so amazing. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.


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