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 George Reston Malloch (1875–1953)
(From Poems and Lyrics, 1917)

HE.  I HAVE known many women, and I know
  That love is sweeter unfulfilled.
  Cast not your heavy eyes upon me so,
  Love-weary child!
  Our souls held commune sweetly, as they willed,        5
  And it is sweeter, fairer, so.
  Sweeter to sit, hands clasped and voices stilled,
  In the evening glow.
SHE.  I have known no man, ever—and I know
  That all my body burns for you.        10
  Surges from some vast ocean ebb and flow
  My hot veins through.
  And while our souls communed, in me there grew
  A hungry, passionate, wild glow.
  My flesh is yearning for your flesh, a new,        15
  Immense, strange throe.

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