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Poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox


I Love You


I love your lips when theyre wet with wine 
And red with a wild desire; 
I love your eyes when the lovelight lies 
Lit with a passionate fire. 
I love your arms when the warm white flesh 
Touches mine in a fond embrace; 
I love your hair when the strands enmesh 
Your kisses against my face. 

Not for me the cold calm kiss 
Of a virgins bloodless love; 
Not for me the saints white bliss, 
Nor the heart of a spotless dove. 
But give me the love that so freely gives 
And laughs at the whole worlds blame, 
With your body so young and warm in my arms, 
It sets my poor heart aflame. 

So kiss me sweet with your warm wet mouth, 
Still fragrant with ruby wine, 
And say with a fervor born of the South 
That your body and soul are mine. 
Clasp me close in your warm young arms, 
While the pale stars shine above, 
And well live our whole young lives away 
In the joys of a living love.



Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Poem Theme: Love

Ella Wheeler Wilcox's other poems:
  1. The Birth of the Orchid
  2. Artist and Man
  3. The Call (All wantonly in hours of joy)
  4. At the Boro Boedoer
  5. The Bed


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