A Surrender

by Kenneth Slessor

Kenneth Slessor

WHEN to those Venusbergs, thy breasts,
By wars of love and moonlight batteries,
My lips have stormed-O pout thy mouth above,
Lean down those culverins twain, and bid me spike
Their bells with kissing, and their powder steal,
And by night-marches take their garrisons-
No blood shall stain those battlefields of lace
But all their snows run dappled with deep roses,
And thou, I trow, sweet enemy of love,
Shalt find a conquest in capitulation!

Last updated October 06, 2022