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Alfred Kreymborg, ed.  Others for 1919.  1920.
 
Dorothy
By Alfred Kreymborg
 
I
HER EYES

HER eyes hold black whips—
    dart of a whip
    lashing, nay, flicking,
    nay, merely caressing
    the hide of a heart—        5
and a broncho tears through canyons—
    walls reverberating,
    sluggish streams
    shaken to rapids and torrents,
    storm destroying        10
    silence and solitude!
Her eyes throw black lariats—
    one for his head,
    one for his heels—
and the beast lies vanquished—        15
    walls still,
    streams still—
    except for a tarn,
    or is it a pool,
    or is it a whirlpool        20
    twitching with memory?
 
II
HER HAIR

Her hair
is a tent
    held down by two pegs—
    ears, very likely—        25
where two gypsies—
    lips, dull folk call them—
read your soul away:
one promising something,
the other stealing it.        30
    If the pegs would let go—
    why is it they’re hidden?
and the tent
    blow away—drop away—
like a wig—or a nest—        35
    maybe
you’d escape
paying coin
to gypsies—
    maybe—        40
 
III
HER HANDS

Blue veins
    of morning glories—
blue veins
    of clouds—
blue veins        45
    bring deep-toned silence
    after a storm.
White horns
    of morning glories—
white flutes        50
    of clouds—
sextettes hold silence fast,
    cup it for aye.
Could I
    blow morning glories—        55
could I
    lip clouds—
I’d sound the silence
    her hands bring to me.
Had I        60
the yester sun—
had I
    the morrow’s—
brush them like cymbals,
    I’d then sound the noise.        65
 
IV
HER BODY

Her body gleams
like an altar candle—
white in the dark—
and modulates
to voluptuous bronze—        70
bronze of a sea—
under the flame.
 
 
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