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Song to the Dark Virgin -- Florence Price

Would

That I were a jewel,

A shattered jewel,

That all my shining brilliants

Might fall at thy feet,

Thou dark one.

Would

That I were a garment,

A shimmering, silken garment,

That all my folds

Might wrap about thy body,

Absorb thy body,

Hold and hide thy body,

Thou dark one.

Would

That I were a flame,

But one sharp, leaping flame

To annihilate thy body,

Thou dark one.
 

Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967)