Girls blush, sometimes, because they are alive,
Half wishing they were dead to save the shame.
The sudden blush devours them, neck and brow;
They have drawn too near the fire of life, like gnats,
And flare up bodily, wings and all. What then?
Who's sorry for a gnat.. or girl?
Bio: Dornford Yates was the pseudonym of the English novelist, Cecil William Mercer, whose novels and short stories, some humorous, some thrillers, were best-sellers in the 21-year interwar period between the First and Second world wars.