Aleister Crowley

(12 October 1875 - 1 December 1947 / Warwickshire, England)

La Gitana


Your hair was full of roses in the dewfall as we danced,
The sorceress enchanting and the paladin entranced,
In the starlight as we wove us in a web of silk and steel
Immemorial as the marble in the halls of Boabdil,
In the pleasuance of the roses with the fountains and the yews
Where the snowy Sierra soothed us with the breezes and the dews!
In the starlight as we trembled from a laugh to a caress,
And the God came warm upon us in our pagan allegresse.
Was the Baile de la Bona too seductive? Did you feel
Through the silence and the softness all the tension of the steel?
For your hair was full of roses, and my flesh was full of thorns,
And the midnight came upon us worth a million crazy morns.
Ah! my Gipsy, my Gitana, my Saliya! were you fain
For the dance to turn to earnest? - O the sunny land of Spain!
My Gitana, my Saliya! more delicious than a dove!
With your hair aflame with roses and your lips alight with love!
Shall I see you, shall I kiss you once again? I wander far
From the sunny land of summer to the icy Polar Star.
I shall find you, I shall have you! I am coming back again
From the filth and fog to seek you in the sunny land of Spain.
I shall find you, my Gitana, my Saliya! as of old
With your hair aflame with roses and your body gay with gold.
I shall find you, I shall have you, in the summer and the south
With our passion in your body and our love upon your mouth -
With our wonder and our worship be the world aflame anew!
My Gitana, my Saliya! I am coming back to you!

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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  • Rookie - 29 Points Colleen Courtney (5/18/2014 10:01:00 AM)

    Quite an unexpectedly romantic and beautifully written piece of the poet! This poem lulled me into love with it! (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 5,258 Points Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black (4/1/2014 3:03:00 PM)

    A very nice portrait in words of a spirited gypsy...I really admire Aleister Crowley's works.i'm really glad i can read his poetry on Poemhunter....some of his books are very hard to find.... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Moon Batchelder (8/31/2006 12:08:00 AM)

    i had an album called the number, or maybe the nature of the beast..very rare..had crowley reciting this poem...it was enchanting...to say the least...and now i hear his voice as i read it...mmmmmm (Report) Reply

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