Borden, Mary - See how the withered leaves
Type of Spiritual Experience
1919 Stanley Spencer - Travoys arriving with wounded
A description of the experience
See how the withered leaves
See how the withered leaves lie shivering
Along the gutters of the autumn street.
They are the souls of women; quivering
Shrivelled souls of women who once were sweet
To the desiring lips of hungry men.
Now they adorn the road where pleasure rides
Poor withered things - Yes, kiss me once again
Who knows what bitterness the future hides?
Kiss me until you've kissed my mouth away
Wear out my flesh with your enamoured hands
Drink up my heart beats, one by one and say
That I have satisfied your fierce demands -
Ah look, the frightened leaves are fluttering
Before the wind, the wind that's muttering.