Textual History

This poem also appeared in The Liberator (August, 1921): [*] Claude McKay Flirtation The Liberator (August, 1921): 10 .



  1. Upon thy purple mat thy body bare

  2. Is fine and limber like a tender tree.

  3. The motion of thy supple form is rare,

  4. Like a lithe panther lolling languidly,

  5. Toying and turning slowly in her lair.

  6. Oh, I would never ask for more of thee,

  7. Thou art so clean in passion and so fair.

  8. Enough! if thou wilt ask no more of me!


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