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For Dr. Kinsey

by Chris Sorrenti

Some folks do it as often as possible
Other folks hardly at all
Some feel only comfortable doing it in the dark
While others prefer a light on
Or even better in broad daylight

Some folks choose to do it by themselves
Others with the same person all the time
Still other folks enjoy a combination of both
While more than a few do it
With as many as possible
Either individually or in groups of three or more

Some folks get very excited
Knowing that others are watching them
Those watching them feeling the same way
While the majority neither want to display or view it
A few even saying that it’s dirty
And then later go and do it anyway

But one thing’s for certain
Everybody’s doing it one way or another
And when some folks aren’t
You can be sure they’re thinking about it
Even just a teeny bit
In the back of their minds

Some folks like to use special gadgets
Costumes for every variety of imagination
To move the whole thing along
While still others prefer no props at all
And when folks are talking about it
They’re probably not doing it
Which is why I feel a strong urge
To stop writing this poem

© 2006

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Author's Note: Inspired by the movie Kinsey (2004). For additional information: http://www.indiana.edu/~kinsey/about/photo-tour.html

Posted on 01/04/2006
Copyright © 2020 Chris Sorrenti

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Gregory O'Neill on 01/04/06 at 07:29 PM

An emotion in motion. Only Mae West may know more. Well handled, Chris.

Posted by Maureen Glaude on 01/04/06 at 08:03 PM

Kind of a little less talk, a lot more action, like the current country song says, is implied in the conclusion and I've heard that theory plenty of times before. The "it" being a human physiological reality of experience, understood, but to me when the "it" becomes less of that term and routine-sounding action, and more of a communicating and affectione-pouring exchange to the high communion type of level it was designed for, then the whole subject takes on a special and different light and magic than the mechanical process of friction & reaction, no. of players variable, etc. or solitary even, and the experience answers the ultimate purpose. Intereesting.

Posted by Maureen Glaude on 01/04/06 at 08:04 PM

excuse my typos in the above please.ie affectione and intereesting. and I'm not drinking!

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 01/06/06 at 12:57 AM

The last stanza a clever and amusing twist. It is my understanding that the Kinsey Report has been severely criticized for its lack of good scientific procedures. It surely was influential when it first came out (as I recall). No one was questioning his protocol very much then. Though I remember wondering what kind of persons would be so uninhibited as to tell the truth about their sex life at the time he was doing his research. (A significantly different day culturally than now.)

Posted by Kathleen Wilson on 01/06/06 at 09:03 AM

Well, I think you had fun writing that one, nice and straightforward... I can just imagine that gleeful smile on your face. (Giggle) (Something like Cole Porter must have had when he wrote..."Cold Cape Cod clams 'gainst their wish do it...Even lazy jellyfish do it...electric eels...do it, though it shocks 'em, I know... goldfish in the privacy of their bowls do it...) (Well...let's fall in love" with this poem!

Posted by Rula Shin on 01/06/06 at 03:27 PM

Nicely written and definitely a great punchline, now I'm curious about this movie!

Posted by Glenn Currier on 08/15/09 at 11:47 PM

Quite literally laughing out loud... hope I didn't wake my wife from her much needed nap. You capture some of the "richness" of the subject with a wink and a nod and a banter of truth Kinsey would be proud of. Saw the movie too. Wish now I had written a poem. Of course... there IS Netflix... I felt a moment of sadness seeing Maureen's comment, but also gratitude to have her come alive again. I am glad they have left her on the site.

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