For Healing

Original Text: 
A. J. M. Smith, The Complete Poems, ed. Brian Trehearne (London, Ontario: Canadian Poetry Press, 2007): .
1Spread your long arms
2To the salt stinging wave:
3Let its breathless enveloping
4Cleanliness lave
5Arms, breast, shoulders,
6Sinews and thighs
7From the yellow of love,
8Her immoderate eyes,
9The ache of her fingers,
10The whips of her hair,
11And the bruise where her mouth
12Moved here and there.
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire / Sharine Leung
RPO Edition: 
Special Copyright: 

Copyright © the estate of A.J.M. Smith. Included
with the generous permission of William Toye, his literary executor.