by Denise Levertov

Denise Levertov

The flowerlike
animal perfume
in the god's curly
hair -
don't assume
that like a flower
his attributes
are there to tempt
you or
direct the moth's
hunger -
simply he is
the temple of himself,
hair and hide
a sacrifice of blood and flowers
on his altar
if any worshipper
kneel or not.

Last updated July 01, 2015