by: Pierre Louÿs (1870-1925)
- E said to
me, "Last night I dreamed.
- Thy locks were swept about my neck.
- I had thy hair, like a black necklace,
- All about my nape, and spread upon my breast.
- "I kissed it, and it was mine;
- And by it we were bound together for all time;
- With lip upon lip, and intertwining locks,
- We were one, like two laurels with one root.
- "And little by little it seemed to me,
- So were our limbs confused,
- I became thyself, and that thou
- Entered into me like my thought."
- When he had finished speaking,
- Softly he laid his hand upon my shoulders,
- Into my eyes he gazed so tenderly,
- That I lowered my glance, shivering.
TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH BY:
HORACE M. BROWN
POEMS BY PIERRE LOUYS
"The Tresses" is reprinted
from Poetica Erotica. Ed. T.R. Smith. New York: Crown