Verse > Anthologies > T. R. Smith, ed. > Poetica Erotica: A Collection of Rare and Curious Amatory Verse
T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
By F. Jacobs
(From The Pagan, 1920)

WHY do you not calm me, sweet,
When I tremble so, and cannot cease?
When I am alone, and you come to me,—
However warm the day,—
Such a quivering seizes me,        5
Such a merciless, poignant shaking,
All my very lips I cannot control,
Till you gather me in your warm strong arms,
Till you have kissed me into a fever,
Till your steady calm has penetrated my body,        10
And reassured my trembling one
That all is well,
That you are here.

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