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Arrow Music by Bryher, an electronic edition

by W. Bryher [Bryher, Annie Winifred Ellerman]

date: 1922
source publisher: J. & E. Bumpus
collection: Early 20th Century Literature

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Athene has wreathed violets for your head.
The owl-white leaves, stricken with fire, break from your hair,
and brush my eyes.

I touch your shoulders with my lips.
They are cold as Athene's arms under her mail.
But your soft breasts are
the roses Aphrodite loosens from her heart.

Your eyes are words.
I look into your eyes and write these songs.

" What is Kyanean?" I have asked.
It is the lashes of your closed eyes.