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Art and Poetry: When I touch you

Mohan is a family physician, film and TV aficionado, a keen bibliophile and an eclectic scribbler.

Youthful Passion- Art by Steve Hanks

Youthful Passion- Art by Steve Hanks

Intimate Art

There are paintings that have a certain quality about them that drags the viewer in. You feel as if the artist has the ability to capture those moments that are intimate and evocative. Such art not only gives immense pleasure in viewing but also inspires me to create.

Paintings that connect in a way you are no longer an observer but a participant are a class above the rest. When I find art that invites me in, I want to share it with others to see if it has the same connections, the same intimacy with others that it conveys to me. It may be naive notion. Art influences each one differently. But surely there is a commonality in great art.

My attempt at discovering artists that are unfamiliar to me and then share it with others has resulted in some pleasing feedback. It is good to know how this shared act of appreciation creates a feeling of togetherness.

I recently came across the watercolours of Steve Hanks. I realised how the intimacy he portrays fitted so well with a poem I had written some time ago. A poem that in itself is an intimate exercise. Many of you have told me that in your comments- for which I am ever so grateful.

So when I went about rejuvenating my poem for here, Steve's watercolours seemed the right match. See what you think about the Steve Hanks sensational art and my own humble poem.

And do let me know ...

When I touch You

When I touch you...

There’s starlight in your eyes

I hear the music in your sighs

When I touch you...

There’s a tingle in the air

My fingers brushing through your hair

Moments pause and time stands still

Moving close is such a thrill

Let me drink you till my fill

You’re my drug my magic pill

When I touch you...

You curl up closer in my space

I kiss those worries off your face

When I touch you...

Tracing map lines on your skin

I like the way you glow within

You can read me like your books

Resting cheeks on shoulder crooks

Seeking treasures in all your nooks

Dreamy eyes and knowing looks

When I touch you...

Whispers keep those lips apart

I feel the thudding of your heart

When I touch you...

Mingling legs and twisted sheets

Love the way your body greets

Moonlit waves lap at the shore

I feel an earthquake in our core

Shaking knocking heaven’s door

Something tells me there is more

When I touch you...

There’s starlight in your eyes

I hear the music in your sighs

When I touch you....

When I touch you...

-Mohan Kumar-

Art by Steve Hanks

Art by Steve Hanks

Steve Hanks

Steve Hanks

Steve Hanks

Born in San Diego in 1948, Steve Hanks grew up on the beaches of Southern California. The sunshine and sea had a profound influence on his childhood. He loved the beach, surfing and swimming to his hearts content. Later the family moved to New Mexico ( His father was in the US Navy) and Steve went to the Academy of fine Arts in San Francisco. His genius was apparent even in that early age, garnering him high grades in commercial art. He then got his Bachelors degree at the California college of Arts and Crafts.

When he took a job as a caretaker at a Campfire Girl's camp in New Mexico, Steve started experimenting with various media- oil, acrylic, watercolours. He feels that the enormous number of hours he put in playing with these materials improved his sense of light and shadow and enhanced his familiarity with the colour palette.

Steve soon found his niche in hyperrealistic watercolours that defy belief. His innate sense of light and colours, his ability to draw realistic figures soo drew a wider audience. Steve can not only portray sensual and hyperreal characters, he can also add so much intricate detail to his work that they have that sense of emotional intimacy. He calls his style 'Emotional Realism'.

Looking at his work, we can see why.

He is now a highly decorated american Water colour artist.

His Website is at Steve Hanks Collection

© 2010 Mohan Kumar


DREAM ON on April 25, 2020:

Your poem fine-tunes our senses. What we thought and what we think carried to new levels. Thank you so much for sharing. The video captures the beauty not only from the viewer but the person that looks so relaxed and carefree. I will check out more of Steve Hanks creative work. Have a nice day.

Urbane Sleek from United States on September 09, 2019:


Mark Tulin from Palm Springs, California on June 06, 2019:

Touch is powerful and clearly expressed in your poem.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on November 08, 2016:

Thank you again, all of you for your wonderful comments and appreciation. Your kind words touch my heart.

Rabbani Zahid on August 31, 2014:

It's no poetry. It's photography.

Mary Craig from New York on June 20, 2013:

Whew! What can I say Mohan? Beautiful, sexy, passionate, tempting...all of the above. The paintings are truly gorgeous and tastily provocative.

Your poem, well, it kind of brings us right to where you want us...."closer in my space". No one can read this hub and not be moved, how they're moved, well let's leave that to the imagination.

Voted up, awesome, beautiful, and interesting.

Dianna Mendez on June 19, 2013:

The passion of love is intense in this poem. Very creative!

Eiddwen from Wales on March 05, 2013:

Moonlit waves lap at the shore

I feel an earthquake in our core

Shaking knocking heaven’s door

Something tells me there is more

Such beautiful words ;thank you for sharing.


sankari.nayagam on August 07, 2012:

Thats really touching...! Was not able to stop reading it again. Keep up the good work and you are sure to touch great heights!

Daisy Mariposa from Orange County (Southern California) on August 07, 2012:

Mohan (Docmo),

I came back to read your poem another time. You have the ability to write from within yourself, to speak from your heart, like no one else I know.

This is a stunningly beautiful poem. Thank you for sharing your emotions with us, my friend.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on August 01, 2012:

Studying me! Dotti, thank you again for your appreciation.

D.Juris Stetser from South Dakota on August 01, 2012:

I'm here studying you. This poem just so grabs me by the heartstrings and refuses to let go. Your 'technique' is so intimate here, if words could turn into physical entities, yours do in this piece. Whew! leaves readers breathless and wanting more...

D.Juris Stetser from South Dakota on July 21, 2012:

was just reading some poems I'd saved to my favorites and easy to see why I included this one, Mohan ...it unforgettable.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on July 04, 2012:

Dotti, I rest my case. This is one of those comments I will save into a notebook just to remind myself " Yes. The poetry you write does grab a readers attention. The more receptive the reader is to understanding what you're trying to say and the way you're trying to say it - the better the reception". And you, dear Dotti, are the perfect recipient to such transmission. I am humbled, honored and grinning with pride. Thank you!

D. Juris-stetser on July 04, 2012:

Ai-yi-yi!! I think every woman who reads this is wishing her man could vocalize these thoughts and images.. good grief this is a cold shower poem if ever there was one! Lovely images, erotic but equally and blissfully romantic. This is absolutely beautiful, and one of those I like to save into a notebook, to remind myself, "yes. this is poetry that grabs you by the throat and carries you breathless right to the last word. Awesome, voted up, and beautiful....wow!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on June 20, 2012:

rebecca, I am delighted you like the rhythm and flow!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on June 20, 2012:

freecampingaussie- I am sure your husband enjoyed this little effort! thanks for feeling this is worthy of a read. I ma pleased you liked it.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on June 19, 2012:

Pretty poem, Docmo, I especially like the rhythm and rhyme scheme!

freecampingaussie from Southern Spain on June 19, 2012:

I really love this and am going to read it to my husband, thanks for sharing , voting up and share on facebook !

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on June 19, 2012:

Nell, you're too kind. Thank you - its one my fav lines too. I'm proud I came up with it!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on June 19, 2012:

Steve, thank you kind sir. I am glad you enjoyed this little piece. I will be sure to check out mamadrama. Thanks for the tip.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on June 19, 2012:

Terrye - cold shower warning indeed. (Preferably with company!) thank you.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on June 19, 2012:

Nithya- thank you very much!

Annie Fenn from Australia on June 19, 2012:

Just sensually delightful, I love every visual and tactile verse here as your words evoke skin tingling loveliness!!! The Toulouse-Lautrec image tops this sensuous hub off beautifully. My votes and best wishes to you Docmo and sharing!!!

Nell Rose from England on June 19, 2012:

Beautiful poem, passionate and lovely, I loved the line, Resting cheeks on shoulder crooks, don't know why, it just showed the love I think, lovely!

Steve Mitchell from Cambridgeshire on June 19, 2012:

Hey Doc,

Great writing. The words jump off the page, could be turned into a song I reckon.

Check out mamadrama.hubpages.com

She would love your poetry and would no doubt encourage you to publish on her convozine.

Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on June 19, 2012:

This needs a cold shower warning. :) Beautiful!

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on June 18, 2012:

Beautifully expressed, passionate and full of love.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on May 27, 2012:

Thanks Linda!

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on May 27, 2012:

Very nice photos and poem!!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on May 27, 2012:

Dana, I can always tell when someone really enjoys and appreciates the written word. You can see it from the way they comment, the way they relate to that work. I'm glad you are one of them. Thank you so much.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on May 27, 2012:

Cathleena- I 'm glad you found this poetic picture worthy of a comment! Thank you very much.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on May 27, 2012:

Keith, thank you very much. I know there is sensuality here but hopefully it rises above cheap eroticism!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on May 27, 2012:

Daisy- thanks for understanding these are not 'just words'. I do write from my head, but always with my heart!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on May 27, 2012:

billybuc- thank you very much!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on May 27, 2012:

iamaudraleigh- thank you!

Susan, thanks for the return visit. Really appreciate it.

rahul- I am in bliss with all the superlatives!

Ms Lofton- thanks!

lovedoctor- nice to get a visit from the lovedoctor to this poem!

Dana Strang from Ohio on May 27, 2012:

Beautiful. Not only the word, but the flow of them, the piece as a whol..... Reminds me of someone that when he looked at me I swear he was looking into me. One touch from him seemed to change the universe. The romance has now cooled to a warm friendship that I treasure even more....

Its amazing how you capture these feeling so perfectly even those who have not experienced them can feel it.

Cathleena Beams from Tennessee on May 26, 2012:

Sizzling and sensational. You paint a beautiful picture of true love with your subtle wording. Very well done!

KDuBarry03 on May 26, 2012:

This is beautiful. From first glance, it would be interpreted as sexual; however, that is gladly proven wrong. This is definitely beautifully written and you definitely conveyed your emotions well in this piece :) Well done!


Daisy Mariposa from Orange County (Southern California) on May 26, 2012:


This is beautiful. You were speaking from within yourself...it wasn't *just words*.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 18, 2012:

Oh the magic of love! Beautifully captured in this poem; you are a very good poet my friend and a man of passion.

lovedoctor926 on May 17, 2012:

You are a gifted poet! Wow! I loved it.

MsLofton from IL on May 17, 2012:

This is nice!

Jessee R from Gurgaon, India on May 17, 2012:

Sensual! Hot! Passionate! Heartwarming!

Great poetry

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on May 17, 2012:

Doc, I know I've read your poem before and not sure why I didn't comment on it the first time. Very sensual and HOT!

iamaudraleigh on May 17, 2012:

All that I can say is wow! I paused before I responded! Brilliant! I wish I had written this! Just magical!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on May 17, 2012:

Thank you Vincent. Really appreciate your visit and comments.

Vincent Moore on May 12, 2012:

Wow passion, love and very sensuously romantic. Love the pictures that compliment the embrace and deep feeling that two lovers share.Touching with deep feeling behind the touch is erotica as it's finest, which leads to great things. Great work, perfectly blended.

PenMePretty from Franklin on July 06, 2011:

I love this poem!!!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on March 29, 2011:

aha, the damn Imp was right! :-)

Thank you Justsilvie, you wont be 'just'silvie anymore. you can be 'dear'silvie. Glad you like this effort.

Justsilvie on March 29, 2011:

Sensuous and very romantic!

I like the poem too! *wink, it’s your new smoldering picture*

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on March 05, 2011:

Thanks blondey, really pleased you enjoyed it...!

Blondey on March 05, 2011:

Very romantic, well spoken of real true love, intimacy- a beautiful thing.


PenMePretty from Franklin on February 02, 2011:

beautiful imagery... before I read your poem I was thinking how2 beautiful that recent lunar eclipse was but now, after reading your poem and how moon's clouds suggested to you the touch between lovers, I'm wondering what that barren eclipsed moon, without even the normal touch of sun's light, might indicate for my beauty choices... meanwhile, I'm a painter who's subject is often the moon, take a look if you please at http://www.acryllicpainting.com ... my work has allowed me to appreciate other folks feeling for the moon. Actually, I think my work on human objects is more respectable, but, yes, its the celestial objects that folks nowadays seem to find beauty in... I've thought of our walls of flesh often seperating our beings from one another, and how the passing of those walls may be accomplished by open mouths sharing a single breathe with a kiss, two souls melting as your clouds to a single lumination (comment from someone. I will check you, always. :-) Mark someone sent this, thought you'd like it.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on January 26, 2011:

Thank you Lora. your voice does the same.

PenMePretty from Franklin on January 26, 2011:

When You Touch Me, takes my breath away...

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on January 22, 2011:

Aw thanks Lyrics, much appreciated. Your sensual fantasy reminded me of this poem- glad you came to read it.. !

kimberlyslyrics on January 22, 2011:


Don't be touching me like dat again 'k? whew whoa! Awesome

Favorite thought;

You can read me like your books

Resting cheeks on shoulder crooks

Seeking treasures in all your nooks

Dreamy eyes and knowing looks

Beauty my friend, cannot be learned, it's in your blood

Thank You for sharing it with us!


reading again.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on January 21, 2011:

Thanks sonia05 ... I am glad you like it.

sonia05 from india on January 21, 2011:

hey...great piece,sensual and romantic!!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on January 03, 2011:

Thanks! I am sure he will enjoy it. I was just looking at the hub you wrote - 'lovemaking not sex' - I can see how this relates to that subject. Much appreciated.

freecampingaussie from Southern Spain on January 03, 2011:

I love this , is beautiful & I am going to read it to my husband when he gets back.


Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on January 03, 2011:

Thanks very much. Especially as you came back for a second helping. Appreciated!

acaetnna from Guildford on January 03, 2011:

Wonderful - I just popped back for a second helping! Your poem is so beautiful and clearly written from your heart.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on January 02, 2011:

@Gpage thank you for dropping in- would love to read some of yours!

@ chspublish yes it is straight from my heart - the way I feel is the way I write. Thanks for coming by!

chspublish from Ireland on January 02, 2011:

Sounds like it comes straight from your heart and soul -pure and ionspirational

GPAGE from California on January 01, 2011:

I love this Docmo. I have written some love poems here on hubpages. I love the visual I have while reading this. Really lovely. Best, GPAGE

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on January 01, 2011:

Aww Thanks Kim, much appreciated! May the New Year bring you the best too!

Kim Lynn on January 01, 2011:

Beautifully dreamy!

Many Blessings This New Year,


Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on December 31, 2010:

Thank you, Shimmering Sawn. For your kind words and appreciation. Makes me want to write more!

Dawn on December 30, 2010:

Wow! it was music to my soul, beautiful, sensuous, gentle and powerful. You have a way with words.. I need to repeat that... Enchanting!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on December 30, 2010:

Thank you, acaetenna! I can always count on your appreciation.

acaetnna from Guildford on December 30, 2010:

Simply beautiful - I loved it!

richtwf on December 30, 2010:

Love is sublime; this poem love defines

and this poem of love - so mighty fine!

Shows talented repertoire and calibre!

Docmo is scribing like a man on fire!

My dear friend - You're words inspire!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on December 29, 2010:

Thank you Minnetonka Twin, much appreciate your visit and comments.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on December 29, 2010:

@ Martie, Amy and attemptedhumour- thanks all of you for your comments.

Linda Rogers from Minnesota on December 29, 2010:

What a beautiful tribute and poem. You paint such a clear picture of love between two people.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on December 29, 2010:

kirutaye, Thanks!

kirutaye from London, UK on December 29, 2010:

Evocative and sensual...

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on December 29, 2010:

I agree Freya, There are three songs crying out for some music- it is this one, the Christmas poem- Of all the Gifts, and another poem called 'Tis the little things. I've got a melody in my head for these but need a musically minded friend to tune them up. Thank you very much for dropping by and reading this. Much appreciated.

Freya Cesare from Borneo Island, Indonesia on December 29, 2010:

It need music, Docmo. some sweet melody to fit this beautiful love poem. Great job! :)

attemptedhumour from Australia on December 29, 2010:

Hey Docmo, that's a beautiful sensual poem. You've done a great job of capturing the magic that two lovers can exude. Lovely mate.

Martie Coetser from South Africa on December 28, 2010:

This is a beautiful poem, displaying the love of a man who truly loves the woman in his arms.

Amy Becherer from St. Louis, MO on December 28, 2010:

I love this. Again, the artwork and photographs are as perfect as the flow and tempo of your words. A perfectly choreographed dance...Extraordinary

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