by: Donald Evans (1884-1921)
- ER flesh
was lyrical and sweet to flog,
- For the whip blanched her blood, through every vein
- Flooded with hate shot a hot flow of pain,
- And her screams were muffled by a brackish fog.
- He loved her, yet his passion could but fret
- Unless he lashed her to an awkward rage--
- But when his hand wrote terror on her page
- He knew exultant joy of feigned regret.
- Theirs was a bond that poured the wine of fear,
- And he drained her stiffened limbs with cruel art.
- He taught her that all tenderness had fled
- Till she would beg the hurt to taste the tear,
- And when she bent to kiss her crumpled heart
- It lit a chinese candle in his head.
POEMS BY DONALD EVANS
"Loving Kindness" is reprinted
from Sonnets From the Patagonian. Donald Evans. Philadelphia:
Nicholas L. Brown, 1918.