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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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IN SYRIA

Girls, not a spear, once held my tent,
Circassian arm and Thracian wrist
moulded a shield of cream and bronze.

A queen was glad because I praised
her carven, turquoise eyes and kissed
her navel, (white, smooth poppy-leaf.)

Her unforced lip, narcissus-red,
flowered into kisses, as night went.
Corinthian dancers held the thongs
of strained roof-linen, overhead.

Now with no sword at my command,
I perish in a bitter land.