LILA BORG ROHRER
(1929-- )
English and art teacher, watercolor artist, poet
Iowa Senior Poet Laureate 2004
Victor, Iowa


LESSONS MAMA NEVER TAUGHT



I love your body.
I know the hills and vales,
softer now we're older.
I'm bolder, inhibitions gone.
Mama's strong lessons stored.
I'd be bored with chastity.

I love the way you smell, musty
yet sweet, like dusty wine.
I smell your presence in every room,
the cloves in spice cake,
pungent sage for fragrance sake.
Mama, my cupboard isn't bare.

I love the way you taste
where your mouth crinkles.
Gentle wrinkles that smile twice.
Salty-sweet taste, sharp and nice.
Mama, you were wrong;
sex is no vice.

Lila Borg Rohrer