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This poem is taken from PN Review 146, Volume 28 Number 6, July - August 2002.

Summer Elegies Evelyn Schlag

Sonnet XI

from 'Temptations'

Sometimes you lie so you block out the sun
as if you wanted me to turn from grass
into bare earth you size me up and down
you force my flesh. I'm your adulteress.
So close to me. So far from you. I hear
your heartbeat calling me it knows the earth
is turning as I sense you drawing near
and meeting me. The sweet smell of your breath.
I say that if you wanted to be snow
I would lie down and play my part and be
the winter earth turned cold and hard so
you could be a blanket over me.
I would feel everything however small
curves hollows lashes trees. I'd take it all.
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