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Collected Poems

Song for a Girl

Song for a Girl

Heaven was in his eyes
but earth was his body;
and I, long taught to despise
love's cloth for shoddy,
I put his hand from my breast
and dreamed of Sunday best.

Now lying beside my lover
I bless the strong soil
that gave him limbs to cover
with wine and oil
mine that so long have lain
wearing the dark like a stain.