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Denise Levertov

(24 October 1923 – 20 December 1997 / Ilford, Essex)

Eros


The flowerlike
animal perfume
in the god’s curly
hair —

don’t assume
that like a flower
his attributes
are there to tempt

you or
direct the moth’s
hunger —
simply he is
the temple of himself,

hair and hide
a sacrifice of blood and flowers
on his altar

if any worshipper
kneel or not.

Submitted: Thursday, April 08, 2010
Edited: Sunday, May 01, 2011

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