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THE RED HEART
IV The Ivory Steeple

James Reaney

 

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A Riddle


We need no gloves,
Our hands englove each other.
We need no scarves,
Our arms that purpose serve.
We need no trousers,
No overcoats, no hats.
Ourselves do clothe each other
Fully against all cold, wind and rain.
What are we
Who need no raiment
Not the help of weavers, hatters,
Tailors, milliners, stitchers, glovers,
To whom no winter matters?
Answer: A pair of very loving lovers.