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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
Blue Sleep
By W. Bryher
 
From “Hellenics”

APHRODITE!
Aphrodite of the blue sleep, the bird-black sea,
I thank you that at last my body is at peace.
 
I toss these flowers from the flowers, your feet,
From the pear buds of your ankles,        5
The white hyacinths of your limbs.
 
The love-hour is ended.
Swallow-wings, dreams of a spiked iris,
Gipsy your eyes.
 
The hollows under your knees are sweet with love.        10
Your knees are quince-blossoms, bent back by the rain.
 
Blue of your eyes,
Blue of the Greek seas that has no name,
Am I lifted
To the porch of Aphrodite on your wings?        15
 
 
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