Walter Benton- Were I Pygmalion or God
Were I Pygmalion or God
I would make you exactly as you are … in all dimensions.
From your warm hair to your intimate toes would you be wholly in your own image.
I would change nothing, add or take away.
The same full red flower would model for your mouth — and from the same seashore would I bring the small translucent ear-shapes of your ears.
O the lovely throat that I could duplicate!
The tender arms!
I would shape your breasts the shape of the hungry little faces they are now … and tip them with the same quick mouths.
I could not make your eyes deeper than they are — nor softer to look into … nor could I turn your hips, your thighs, your belly in a sweeter curve: nor indent the hollows of your loins more tenderly — or store more honey there or fire.
How would I name you … need you ask?
By the scarlet and the blue you wear when love is upon you, by the yellow tongues — by the warm white fragrance … by the slender leaves.