Songs of the Sea Children

by Bliss Carman


 

LXXIX


 

Her hair was crocus yellow,
Her eyes were crocus blue,
Her body was the only gate
Of paradise I knew.

Her hands were velvet raptures,

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Her mouth a velvet bliss; 
Not Lilith in the garden had 
So wonderful a kiss.

To know her was to banish
Reason for once and all. 

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Her voice was like a silver door 
Set in a scarlet wall.

For when she said, "I love you," 
It was as when the tide 
Yearns for the naked moonlight, 

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An unreluctant bride.

And when she said, "Ah, leave me," 
It was as when the sea 
Sighs at the ebb, or a spent wind 
Dies in the aspen tree. 

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