by: Pierre Louÿs (1870-1925)
- T first I would not reply, and my shame showed upon my cheeks, and the beating of my heart brought pain to my breasts.
- Then I resisted, I told him "No! No!" -- I turned my head away, and his kiss did not open my lips, -- nor love, my tight-closed knees.
- Then he begged me to forgive him, kissed my hair, I felt his burning breath, and he went away.... Now I am alone.
- I gaze upon the empty place, the deserted wood, the trampled earth. And I bite my fingers until they bleed, and I stifle my sobs in the grass.
TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH BY:
HORACE M. BROWN
POEMS BY PIERRE LOUYS
"Remorse" is reprinted from Poetica Erotica. Ed. T.R. Smith. New
York: Crown Publishers, 1921.