My Big ‘Ed is bursting

with the joy of the unknown.

My Big ‘Ed is expanding a thousand fold.

Every cell,

taking wings,

flies about the world.

All seek separately

the many faces of my Beloved.


By soundless bounds it extended and distended, by quick
Great leaps it rose, it flushed, it rushed to its full size.
Nearly nine inches long and three inches thick,
A royal column, ineffably solemn and wise.

I tested its length and strength with a manual squeeze.
I bunched my fingers and twirled them about the knob.
I stroked it from top to bottom. I got on my knees.
I lowered my head. I opened my mouth for the job.

W. H. Auden.

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