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

SAD, we must find each other—ourselves—life—out
Through this impediment of love—
(With its billion toe-stubbings along the Olympian track.)
Pathetic we must exercise by falling out of the sky
And chasing our own tails for awhile—        5
Instead of feeling our manes tearing out behind us
Along those freezing spiral vapours of the Continuous Ascension.
O You and I have stood poignantly close upon the edge of perilous slanting—
And with sublime sunbeams bouncing from upturned face to face
And measuring upon each utter equality of dazzle—        10
O you and I have leant fraternally together in a light
Reducing to proportionate form at last—
All those melancholy grotesques of conscious life—
Yea and together heard a conclusive goodness affirming
Through vast harp-sweet spaces—        15
Then—then—the reverential swoon of our knees
Before this momentary shining out of the beyond
Has been cause for a touch between us—
Ah what union in this accidental knocking of knees
Before a Shared Presence—        20
When suddenly—suddenly—
The thrown-back hood of vision clamping down precipitant,
And a sadness in the air as of some Divine Retreat—
When my claw stirring—waking—reaching out—
And in your answering motion a gracious shoot of reverberating “yea”—        25
Then your eyes becoming a liquid gale
Importunate—parting—pressing aside my branches—
And your mouth a distortion of fire skipping—falling—
Clinging strangely among my blossoms—
My blossoms opening—shedding for you in ghastly broad abandon—        30
O love—love—unequipped—unaware
Of the subtle fatality in your own repletion.

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