A Winter of Vampires by Lawrence Durrell

A Winter of Vampires

From a winter of vampires he selects one, Takes her to a dark house, undresses her: It is not at all how the story-books say But another kind of reversed success. A transaction where the words themselves Begin to bleed first and everything else follows. The dissolution of the egg In the mind of the lady suggests new Paths to follow, less improbable victories, Just as illusory as the old, I fear. Well, but when the embraces go astray, When you finger the quick recipes Of every known suggestion, why, The whole prosperity of the flesh may be in question.


Durrell, Lawrence. Collected Poems 1931-74 . Faber & Faber.