"Evadne" by H. D.
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January 16, 2021 

Evadne


H. D.

I first tasted under Apollos lips,
love and love sweetness,
I, Evadne;
my hair is made of crisp violets
or hyacinth which the wind combs back
across some rock shelf;
I, Evadne,
was mate of the god of light.

His hair was crisp to my mouth,
as the flower of the crocus,
across my cheek,
cool as the silver-cress
on Erotos bank;
between my chin and throat,
his mouth slipped over and over.

Still between my arm and shoulder,
I feel the brush of his hair,
and my hands keep the gold they took,
as they wandered over and over,
that great arm-full of yellow flowers.

This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on January 16, 2021, by the Academy of American Poets.

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“Evadne” Originally appeared in Hymen (H. Holt and Company, 1921).

Hilda Doolittle was born on September 10, 1886, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She was one of the leaders of the Imagist movement and published several poetry collections, including Sea Garden (Constable and Company, 1916) and Helen in Egypt (Grove Press, 1961). She died in 1961. 

Hymen
(H. Holt and Company, 1921)



 

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