Love Song

By Mary Carolyn Davies
There is a strong wall about me to protect me:
It is built of the words you have said to me.

There are swords about me to keep me safe:
They are the kisses of your lips.

Before me goes a shield to guard me from harm:
It is the shadow of your arms between me and danger.

All the wishes of my mind know your name,
And the white desires of my heart
They are acquainted with you.
The cry of my body for completeness,
That is a cry to you.
My blood beats out your name to me,
    unceasing, pitiless
Your name, your name.

Source: No Bliss Like This: Five Centuries of Love Poems by Women (Chatto & Windus, 2006)

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Poet Mary Carolyn Davies

POET’S REGION U.S., Northwestern

Subjects Relationships, Love, Romantic Love, Desire, Infatuation & Crushes

Poetic Terms Free Verse


Mary Caroline Davies was born in Sprague, Washington in the early 1890s and moved to Portland, Oregon when she was 12. She attended the University of California-Berkeley for one year, where she won the Emily Chamberlin Cook prize for poetry in her freshman year, and was the first woman to win the Bohemian Club Prize for poetry. Davies moved to Greenwich Village as a young woman, working as a freelance writer and writing short . . .

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SUBJECT Relationships, Love, Romantic Love, Desire, Infatuation & Crushes

POET’S REGION U.S., Northwestern

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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