Sunday, 7 October 2012

This other woman in grappling
weakens; in loathing, laughs;
           loth, she longs.
           Myself here I reserve.
Perpetuity in a smile bewrays
secret beat of heart in the faces
to the world turned.
           How can a man like this tell
           by touch of shell
the milk that forms inside
nut curdled by the hand?

- Joseph Macleod (from "Script from Norway" - Duan VII: Oslo: Man and Girl. 1953).

Picture: "Jupiter and Juno on Mount Ida" by James Barry (c1800).

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