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.
V. L’eveil
By Harold Greenthal
(From the French of Tristan Klingsor, 1921)

CROSS your bare legs in your bed;
Scratch the tip of your nose
With your slender, tapering fingers;
Rub with your soft knuckles
The two violets of your rimmed eyes….        5
And dream.
From the top of the Arabian minaret
There issues
The short, sad melopoeia
Of one of the faithful,        10
And you yawn like a little cat,
As though tired of love,
And you think of the one,
From Ormuz or Endor,
Who quitted you this morning,        15
Leaving his purse of golden pieces
And the blue marks of his kisses.

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