01/22/2014 07:30 am ET Updated Mar 24, 2014

Featured Fifty Poetry: Giddy Madonna

Joe Blanda lives in Austin, TX, where he makes a living editing technical stuff and playing music, both as a solo artist & with the trio Folkwine. His poems have appeared in various regional publications such as the Texas Poetry Calendar, Borderlands, and The Enigmatist as well as the recent anthology Lifting the Sky: Southwestern Haiku & Haiga. His songs can be heard and downloaded from

Giddy Madonna

There was Titian, unable to resist,
smack dab in the renaissance of a middle-aged tryst,
digging in, diving deep,
plugging away to completion.

She was a sweet, hot breath
of henna-colored hair.
Her explicit little tits,
in the damp night air,

seemed to float like dreams
with double meanings--
while Tiziano Vecellio,
too preoccupied to notice,

continued squeezing the cheap
from his giddy madonna,
the end of an era weighing
hard upon them both.