Hilda Doolittle

(10 September 1886 – 27 September 1961 / Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)

Evadne - Poem by Hilda Doolittle

I first tasted under Apollo's lips,
love and love sweetness,
I, Evadne;
my hair is made of crisp violets
or hyacinth which the wind combs back
across some rock shelf;
I, Evadne,
was made of the god of light.

His hair was crisp to my mouth,
as the flower of the crocus,
across my cheek,
cool as the silver-cress
on Erotos bank;
between my chin and throat,
his mouth slipped over and over.

Still between my arm and shoulder,
I feel the brush of his hair,
and my hands keep the gold they took,
as they wandered over and over,
that great arm-full of yellow flowers.


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  • Susan Williams (10/1/2015 1:08:00 PM)


    Gorgeous. Not a word I would often use to describe a poem. But this piece is voluptuous, gorgeous, sumptuous. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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