Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, EROS: 6, by HILDA DOOLITTLE

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EROS: 6, by                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I had thought myself frail
Last Line: Then the day broke.
Alternate Author Name(s): H. D.; Aldington, Richard, Mrs.
Variant Title(s): Fragment Forty-four: 4
Subject(s): Bible; Unfaithfulness; Infidelity; Adultery; Inconstancy

I had thought myself frail,
a petal
with the light equal
on leaf and under-leaf.

I had thought myself frail;
a lamp,
shell, ivory or crust of pearl,
about to fall shattered,
with flame spent.

I cried:

"I must perish,
I am deserted in this darkness,
an outcast, desperate,"
such fire rent me with Hesperus,

Then the day broke.

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