Denise Levertov

(24 October 1923 – 20 December 1997 / Ilford, Essex)

Hymn To Eros - Poem by Denise Levertov

O Eros, silently smiling one, hear me.
Let the shadow of thy wings
brush me.
Let thy presence
enfold me, as if darkness
were swandown.
Let me see that darkness
lamp in hand,
this country become
the other country
sacred to desire.

Drowsy god,
slow the wheels of my thought
so that I listen only
to the snowfall hush of
thy circling.
Close my beloved with me
in the smoke ring of thy power,
that we way be, each to the other,
figures of flame,
figures of smoke,
figures of flesh
newly seen in the dusk.


Comments about Hymn To Eros by Denise Levertov

  • Susan Williams (12/22/2015 2:50:00 PM)


    oh. my. word. This is the loveliest, most passion filled, sensual, romantic, heart-pounding piece of poetry about Love/Sex that I have been privileged to read. (Report) Reply

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  • (7/19/2006 10:23:00 PM)


    A snug address to god Cupid! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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