Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, ANDROGYNY, by KAREN SWENSON



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First Line: They nestle in the hairs of your chest
Last Line: Suckling her thirst at a man's breast.
Subject(s): Bodies; Sex


They nestle in the hairs of your chest
like puckered faces of starved children
those little brothers of my nipples
tight male buds
that hardened at puberty
against all feeling

just as your hands turned palm to fist
closed against yourself
and knuckled into you life.

These years later lulling you in my arms
I mouth those small fists back to tenderness
tongue them to the male cry
of the woman waked in your flesh
by a female child
suckling her thirst at a man's breast.





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