“On the Hill-Side” by Radclyffe Hall

On the Hill-Side

Radclyffe Hall
A Memory


You lay so still in the sunshine,
So still in that hot sweet hour—
That the timid things of the forest land
Came close; a butterfly lit on your hand,
Mistaking it for a flower.


You scarcely breathed in your slumber,
So dreamless it was, so deep—
While the warm air stirred in my veins like wine,
The air that had blown through a jasmine vine,
But you slept—and I let you sleep.
by Unknown photographer, bromide print, circa 1930
Marguerite Radclyffe Hall (August 12, 1880 – October 7, 1943) was an English poet and author. She is best known for the novel The Well of Loneliness, a groundbreaking work in lesbian literature. Wikipedia

(Contributed by Alan Blackman)

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