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First Line: Oh smother me under your kisses
Last Line: "so don't get familiar with me."
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


Oh smother me under your kisses,
Your kisses that crackle and burn
With fervor so hot that it hisses,
Demanding a sizzling return,
Oh, seize me and clasp me and take me
With merciless force to your breast
And crush me so tight that you break me
With strength that is brutal—but blest.

Oh, love me with pulsating passion,
Regardless of life and of death.
And clutch me in feverish fashion
So close that I falter for breath.
Your flaming eyes hold and enslave me.
I writhe in your arms and I swoon
And the tides of forgetfulness lave me
In the sheen of the palpitant moon.

My hair is a net to ensnare you,
My arms are a withe to enfold,
My lips are a—"Sir! Why, how dare you!
What reason have you to be bold!
My verses, you say, are so shady,
Erotic and fiery?—Maybe,
But as for myself, I'M a lady
So don't get familiar with me."





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