An anonymous poem
cleft of coral
- Grown about with daffodils;
- Fountain of porphyry
- Where the waters of Helicon gust,
- I would drink at your waters,
- Entwining my tongue
- About the clitoral erubescence
- Of your most secret passion.
- Winding in and out
- Draining, drawing,
- Curving about the sardonyx mouth
- Of the sacred urn;
- Drinking, O delicious!
- O thirsty devouring of viscous moon-beams,
- Of mucilaginous starlight.
- I gather your two rosebuds
- And strip their petals
- While eating your thrice extracted honeycomb,
- O falling stars. . . .
- Bathed in your liquid loveliness
- Anointed with your adorable essence.
"The Tapir" is reprinted
from Poetica Erotica. Ed. T.R. Smith. New York: Crown