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First Line: It is a thought breaking the granite heart
Last Line: Plucking the flowers of the abyss.
Alternate Author Name(s): Hemi; Baxter, James K.
Subject(s): Death; Love - Loss Of; Dead, The


It is a thought breaking the granite heart
Time has given me, that my one treasure,
Your limbs, those passion-vines, that bamboo body
Should age and slacken, rot
Some day in a ghastly clay-stopped hole.
They led me to the mountains beyond pleasure
Where each is not gross body or blank soul
But a strong harp the wind of genesis
Makes music in, such resonant music
That I was Adam, loosened by your kiss
From time's hard bond, and you,
My love, in the world's first summer stood
Plucking the flowers of the abyss.





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