As you bend to touch
The gypsy girl
Who waits for you in the hedge
Her loose dress falls open.
Flushed, freckled with earth-fever,
Swollen lips parted, her eyes closing,
A lolling armful, and so young! Hot
Among the insane spiders.
You glimpse the reptile under-speckle
Of her sunburned breasts
And your head swims. You close your eyes.
Can the foxes talk? Your head throbs.
Remember the bird’s tolling echo,
The dripping fern-roots, and the butterfly touches
That woke you.
Remember your mother’s
Long, dark dugs.
Her silky body a soft oven
For loaves of pollen.
– Ted Hughes (1930-98), Sunstruck Foxglove