A love poem

A Zorro Man

Here
in the wombed room
silk purple drapes
flash a light as subtle
as your hands before
love-making
Here
in the covered lens
I catch a
clitoral image of
your general inhabitation
long and like a
late dawn in winter
Here
this clean mirror
traps me unwilling
in a gone time
when I was love
and you were booted and brave
and trembling for me.
--Maya Angelou, African American woman poet (1928 - 2014) from her first volume of 
poetry, “Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water ‘fore I Diiie” (1971)

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