Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, VARIATIONS: 4, by CONRAD AIKEN



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VARIATIONS: 4, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Here, alone, unknown, in the darkness
Last Line: Passionate dancer.
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers


Here, alone, unknown, in the darkness,
I watch you whirling above your shadow,
Soft in saffron, with dark hair jeweled,
And arms uplifted,

Dancing alone in the hissing spotlight . . .
You rise and fall on the wave of the music
Narrowing eyes at the light that dazzles,
Languidly smiling . . .

Beautiful, now, are your cold white shoulders . . .
If I were death, my hands might touch them;
If I were death, my mouth might kiss you,
Passionate dancer.





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