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Short poem

Don Marquis (1878-1937)

XIII. The First Feminist

              1When first I chased and beat you to your knees
              2And wried your arm and marked your temple bone
              3And wooed you, Sweet, and won you for my own,
              4Those were not hairless-chested times like these!
              5Wing'd saurians slithered down the charnel seas
              6And giant insects glistened, basked, and shone,
              7And snag-toothed ape-men fought with knives of stone --
              8And wise she-spouses mostly aimed to please!
              9But were not you the Primal Feminist
            10Ten hundred thousand years ago, my Love,
            11When we were first incarnate? I will say
            12Women Expressed themselves e'en then, Sweet Dove!
            13I do recall as if 'twere yesterday
            14That time your teeth met through my dexter wrist.


14] dexter: right.

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Don Marquis, Love Sonnets of a Cave Man and Other Verses (Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Doran, 1928): 18-19. PS 3525 A797L6 Robarts Library
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2003
Recent editing: 1:2003/7/5

Form: sonnet
Rhyme: abbaabbacdedec

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