June 11th Birthday Love: Renée Vivien

Renée Vivien

Roses Rising

My brunette with the golden eyes, your ivory body, your amber
Has left bright reflections in the room
  Above the garden.

The clear midnight sky, under my closed lids,
Still shines….I am drunk from so many roses
  Redder than wine.

Leaving their garden, the roses have followed me….
I drink their brief breath, I breathe their life.
  All of them are here.

It’s a miracle….The stars have risen,
Hastily, across the wide windows
  Where the melted gold pours.

Now, among the roses and the stars,
You, here in my room, loosening your robe,
  And your nakedness glistens

Your unspeakable gaze rests on my eyes….
Without stars and without flowers, I dream the impossible
  In the cold night.

-Renée Vivien

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