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Elsa Gidlow: A Happy Song

Heaped sweets and a treasure
For a new sin to play with,
To pass a night and day with––
Heaped sweets for a pleasure.

Who and who will win them?
Who will carry virtue’s pall?
Of what use are sins at all
If someone does not sin them?

Who will take the treasure?
Run and run on light-winged feet;
Who will buy my sweetest sweet
With a new found pleasure?


Public Domain.

From On a Grey Thread (Will Ransom, 1923) by Elsa Gidlow. 
Elsa Gidlow, born on December 29, 1898, was a poet and philosopher. Her book, On a Grey Thread (Will Ransom, 1923), is believed by historians to be the first collection of openly lesbian love poetry published in North America.

One comment on “Elsa Gidlow: A Happy Song

  1. Jolly Watson
    August 16, 2022

    Please let me know if that is okay.


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