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IN A JAPANESE TEA GARDEN, by            
First Line: Your almond eyes
Last Line: I must remain awhile!
Subject(s): Love

Your almond eyes
Are brown with Autumn's richest, darkest hues;
Long lashes droop on depths of polished jade --
A veil, but no disguise.
Can I refuse
The lure of such a maid?

A plain knot serves
To hold your sleek hair straight back from your face;
Beneath your breasts a shapeless obi tied
To hide entrancing curves --
Yet you are grace
And charm personified!

Your gentle kiss
Upon my cheek, as in your arms I lie;
Your soft embrace, with all its practiced art --
Could they bring aught of bliss
To satisfy
A restless, aching heart?

You do not speak:
I wonder if the music of your voice
Could heighten the enchantment of your smile!
Such witchery to seek
Leaves me no choice --
I must remain awhile!

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