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Subject:Zulu Girl - Roy Campbell
Time:10:16 pm
When in the sun the hot red acres smoulder,
Down where the sweating gang its labour plies,
A girl flings down her hoe, and from her shoulder
Unslings her child tormented by the flies.

She takes him to a ring of shadow pooled
By thorn-trees: purpled with the blood of ticks,
While her sharp nails, in slow caresses ruled,
Prowl through his hair with sharp electric clicks,

His sleepy mouth plugged by the heavy nipple,
Tugs like a puppy, grunting as he feeds:
Through his frail nerves her own deep languors ripple
Like a broad river sighing through its reeds.

Yet in that drowsy stream his flesh imbibes
An old unquenched unsmotherable heat —
The curbed ferocity of beaten tribes,
The sullen dignity of their defeat.

Her body looms above him like a hill
Within whose shade a village lies at rest,
Or the first cloud so terrible and still
That bears the coming harvest in its breast.
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daregale
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Time:2007-04-12 03:32 am (UTC)
This is certainly very good: strong and driving. A couple of my poetry-writing friends have gotten into Roy Campbell and this was the first chance I had to look him up. Didn't expect to find another poem about breastfeeding. Didn't really know what to expect.

But I do like this. I read another poem today, by Ransom, about "Judith of Bethulia." An ambiguous tribute to feminine power.
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amanda_mary
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Time:2007-04-12 12:39 pm (UTC)
That's really marvelous.

I'm terribly out-of-the-loop when it comes to poetry.
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