“Epilogue” by D.H. Lawrence: Poetry for Hot, Sultry Dog Days of the Summer

Walter Crane, "Then lilies turned to tiger blaze, amid the garden's tangled maze"

Walter Crane, “Then lilies turned to tiger blaze, amid the garden’s tangled maze”

“PATIENCE, little Heart.
One day a heavy, June-hot woman
Will enter and shut the door to stay.

And when your stifling heart would summon
Cool, lonely night, her roused breasts will keep the night at bay,
Sitting in your room like two tiger-lilies
Flaming on after sunset,
Destroying the cool, lonely night with the glow of their hot twilight;
There in the morning, still, while the fierce strange scent comes yet
Stronger, hot and red; till you thirst for the daffodillies
With an anguished, husky thirst that you cannot assuage,
When the daffodillies are dead, and a woman of the dog-days holds you in gage.
Patience, little Heart.”

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9 Responses to “Epilogue” by D.H. Lawrence: Poetry for Hot, Sultry Dog Days of the Summer

  1. lampmagician says:

    Wonderful as always, Thank You 🙂 ❤

  2. Reblogged this on The Muscleheaded Blog and commented:
    My friend SymbolReader has posted a beautiful DH Lawrence piece that I couldn’t resist.

  3. Well, Monika, this certainly provided a counterpoint for me to our chilly, damp, spirits-quenching summer here in the Wet West of Scotland! It’s good to be reminded now and then of the heady sensuality of some of D.H Lawrence’s writing. Thank you.

  4. Lawrence held seemingly contradictory views of feminism. The evidence of his written works indicates an overwhelming commitment to representing women as strong, independent and complex; he produced major works in which young, self-directing female characters were central.

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