Mating / D.H. Lawrence

Round clouds roll in the arms of the wind, 
The round earth rolls in a clasp of blue sky, 
And see, where the budding hazels are thinned, 
The wild anemones lie 
In undulating shivers beneath the wind. 

Over the blue of the waters ply 
White ducks, a living flotilla of cloud; 
And, look you, floating just thereby, 
The blue-gleamed drake stems proud 
Like Abraham, whose seed should multiply. 

In the lustrous gleam of the water, there 
Scramble seven toads across the silk, obscure leaves, 
Seven toads that meet in the dusk to share 
The darkness that interweaves 
The sky and earth and water and live things everywhere. 

Look now, through the woods where the beech-green spurts 
Like a storm of emerald snow, look, see 
A great bay stallion dances, skirts 
The bushes sumptuously, 
Going outward now in the spring to his brief deserts. 

Ah love, with your rich, warm face aglow, 
What sudden expectation opens you 
So wide as you watch the catkins blow 
Their dust from the birch on the blue 
Lift of the pulsing wind--ah, tell me you know! 

Ah, surely! Ah, sure from the golden sun 
A quickening, masculine gleam floats in to all 
Us creatures, people and flowers undone, 
Lying open under his thrall, 
As he begets the year in us. What, then, would you shun? 

Why, I should think that from the earth there fly 
Fine thrills to the neighbour stars, fine yellow beams 
Thrown lustily off from our full-blown, high 
Bursting globe of dreams, 
To quicken the spheres that are virgin still in the sky. 

Do you not hear each morsel thrill 
With joy at travelling to plant itself within 
The expectant one, therein to instil 
New rapture, new shape to win, 
From the thick of life wake up another will? 

Surely, and if that I would spill 
The vivid, ah, the fiery surplus of life, 
From off my brimming measure, to fill 
You, and flush you rife 
With increase, do you call it evil, and always evil? 

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