Making Love Love


ignore the words
avoid the blood

proceed to the things that reveal
emotional restraint

make naughtiness of course
a wink and a nod
and nuanced

if you prefer
a battle
between dumb primal desires

that isn’t a skill

the giant system
that is life
requires your caress

โ€“ the sort of thing that feels casual


– This blackout poem was extracted from the article “Is It Hard for You to Say No to Sweets and Temptation? You May Be Suffering From ‘Ego Depletion'” by David McRaney. (

About Ben Naga

The Spirit that graces me with its passing has no name and stems not from thoughts and words, though it gathers them up as it flows, but from feeling.

Posted on July 18, 2012, in Blackout Poetry, Poetry, Writing and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. don’t tell me !!!!!!!!


  2. intriguing post, even if you do say it is a general statement.. ๐Ÿ˜‰


    • I’ve been wanting to experiment with blackout poetry for a while. Managing to develop the digital techniques required for the form were as much of a challenge as finding the contents. Having completed one, however, future examples should be a little easier. ๐Ÿ™‚

      I love the way the text of the original article are in amusing conterpoint to the “message” extracted from it (to me anyway).


  3. Shut……uppppp!!!


  4. Yeah, tell me more about blackout poetry; it is interesting and it sounds like something I would like to try ๐Ÿ˜€


  5. Hmmm, looks like a form of concrete poetry to me. There is wisdom in the words and wisdom in the textual blackout of the uncovered words. Interesting.


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