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 Florence E. von Wien

BURNING—relentless burning—
With the gently caressing fires that will not be calmed …
A delicious sense of stifling.
Suddenly a fierce storm of sharp, exquisite pains …
Like little electric needle shocks …        5
Pierces every tiny part of your body—
Till you are raised out of this earth.
A great calm comes over you then—
And you open langorously, luxuriously
Like an enormous, fresh passion flower opens its petals to the sun.        10
Something comes and snuggles into its petals like a honey bee
And they slowly close again—and then—just nothing then—
The sensation of having no sensations—great peace, waste space—and
Nothing, nothing, nothing.

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