Thursday, December 11, 2008
Pleasure and Pain
A sprig of Holly can be a delightful thing.*
When left on the tree it becomes a harbinger of winter, a seasonal reminder of the holiday season, a pointer to the winter king and a snack or small meal for a variety of birds. When cut from the bush and brought inside, the holly becomes a delightful seasonal decoration, often used in the construction of wreaths and table decorations.
In the hands of a master it has other uses. It can give the effect of erotic pain when run across the naked skin of a lover or it can become an instrument of agony and torture.
I like both, personally, but then I’ve always been a bit of a demon in the bedroom.
Or anywhere, really.
*Please assume I’m talking about two or three leaves and a few berries. If you like, you can imagine the rarer variegated holly leaf but I’d rather you limited yourself to the pointy variety, rather than the spineless kind.