looking for a poem

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looking for a poem

Post by duhjoker » Sat Feb 09, 2019 11:17 am

hi guys

new to the site but not the artist. when I was a teenager I found a book by the artist and fell in love with is prose. I cant remember the name of the book but there was a poem that struck me. I think it was called "I have taken you". it was about a man who loved his partner more than she loved him. is there any body here that can point me to where I can find the book this poem came from and maybe a copy of the poem itself?

thank you for your help.
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Re: looking for a poem

Post by B4real » Sun Feb 10, 2019 1:18 am

Hi duhjoker, and welcome to the forum!

You will find the poem/prose titled "I Have Taken You" in Death Of A Lady's Man.
You can buy the book in quite a few places - just google it.
Here's one of them - https://www.amazon.com/Death-Ladys-Man- ... 0233003002
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Re: looking for a poem

Post by Maarten » Mon Feb 11, 2019 6:38 pm


And the poem itself goes:
I have taken you /
I have fucked you /
I have made love to you /
In rooms and courtyards we have given ourselves to passion /
Swords of angels crossed over our nakedness /
to make love secret in the world /
Nothing was withheld /
All was generosity and true appetite /
Why is it even when you smile saying /
yes now whenever whenever you want me /
why is it I do not believe I will ever hold you again /
or walk on the street under my hood /
with your sweet juices dried fragrant on my lips and fingers /
It makes me want to renounce you /
and discover flaws in your buttocks /
and cinders in the light of your face /
I wait for you to damage my appetite /
so I can be something more than a hungry man /
waiting for the feast /
with someone less hungry than he is

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