African American Poetry (1870-1928): A Digital Anthology

Claude McKay, "Flirtation" (1921)

Upon thy purple mat thy body bare
Is fine and limber like a tender tree.
The motion of thy supple form is rare,
Like a lithe panther lolling languidly,
Toying and turning slowly in her lair.
Oh, I would never ask for more of thee;
Thou art so clean in passion and so fair.
Enough! if thou wilt ask no more of mel

Published in The Liberator, August 1921

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