Last night Sharon Olds Essay

1348 Words Nov 22nd, 2013 6 Pages
Last Night

The next day, I am almost afraid.
Love? It was more like dragonflies in the sun, 100 degrees at noon, the ends of their abdomens stuck together, I close my eyes when I remember. I hardly knew myself, like something twisting and twisting out of a chrysalis, enormous, without language, all head, all shut eyes, and the humming like madness, the way they writhe away, and do not leave, back, back, away, back. Did I know you? No kiss, no tenderness–more like killing, death-grip holding to life, genitals like violent hands clasped tight barely moving, more like being closed in a great jaw and eaten, and the screaming
I groan to remember it, and when we started to die, then I refuse to remember, the way
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I think it's to do with pleasure, rather than pain. These two are so intimate at this moment that they just want to be as close as possible. They hold each other tight, hands and the position of his abdomen, which lacks movement, suggesting that he just stays as far in as possible. This also indicates that one partner is sexually dominant the other is submissive.

“holding to life, genitals like violent hands clasped tightbarely moving, more like being closed in a great jaw and eaten, and the screaming “ This sounds violent and rough, but I'm sure that it is meant in a pleasurable way.

“I groan to remember it, and when we started to die, then I refuse to remember” Started to die is surely the meaning for the moments in which they might pass close to orgasm.

“ the way a drunkard forgets. After,” I think this is very much a climax. It's a moment that we cannot describe, nor replicate.

“you held my hands extremely hard as my body moved in shudders like the ferry when its” This is the moment of climax, the moment of orgasm, the moment when they let go and trembled, shuddered uncontrollably.

“axle is loosed past engagement, you kept me sealed exactly against you, our hairlines wet as the arc of a gateway after a cloudburst, you secured me in your arms till I slept” The cloudburst... surely his orgasm. They are close together, even after both of
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