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T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
Emotional, XVIII
By Michael Strange (Blanche Oelrichs) (1890–1950)
(From Resurrecting Life, 1921)

LEAN your mouth well over into the moonlight
So that I may kiss it full, O chance—
Press me into your pungent arms
So jagged with nightmare—so rent with spasmodic glories—
So pliant with momentary relaxing—        5
O your arms so compact with variety—
For now strident with triton freshness
And glossed as if by spray shaken off a burst of godliness
Out of glacier streams—
And now slippery—darkened with that moulten calm        10
Preceding some sinister extase—
O chance—stinging—refreshing
Like a sudden rain of flowers across my being that is ever held
So deliberately accessible—
O chance teasing with evasive glimpses of some further road        15
Ever lightening towards breathless eventualities—
Aye, for ever alternately veiling—disclosing—
That face approximate of Heaven—and hell.
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