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Presence …

                At Tintern, within the gaunt tracery of stone, the flames of Faith still burn – winged fire of praise and prayer permeates. The monks intone.

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The Poetic Voice … Book VI Paradise Lost

I am made dizzy by the words of Milton .. I suffer vertigo; I fall with the expelled to the very mouth of Hell – inspired; he ascends to Dantesque heights .. with an imagination sublime he imparts to Raphael … Continue reading

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Good Friday …

The earth revolves in beauty but the world is dark this night – and still. A night so brittle with the cold that stars might shatter into splintered shards; wounding the earth with spears of burnt-out silver and of gold … Continue reading

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Taking Milton for a walk …

I reached a rocky ledge above a sheltered beach and sat, book in hand, glancing out to sea. In the distance, swathed in mist, the familiar headland hides ; seagulls mew flying low; cormorants dive and fish .. while within … Continue reading

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On Opus 133 …. Beethoven

It tears my heart this dissonance sublime; notes like fractured stars thrown into darkness all light extinguished .. this soul-racked Opus 133; one hundred and thirty-three .. these jagged splinters of remembered night, brave remonstrance, discordant; the distorted echoes of … Continue reading

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Mezza-luna moon …

Under the midnight sky last night the mezza-luna moon spread her mantle of stars shining reflected light onto her half-hidden face .. Mysterious one, in silver shadow, why do you look askance after millions of years and millions of miles … Continue reading

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Footprints …

I followed footprints in the sand that, like my own, the sea would soon erase and took comfort from this allegory of life; the imprints of our days that so soon will leave no trace … yet other eyes will … Continue reading

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The church tower …

Beyond the high and ancient wall the silhouetted tower of the village church merged with the shadowed stone in overlapping centuries. Beneath the ivied lych-gate, time and fortune, love and life have passed like the season’s berries that bedecked the … Continue reading

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Evanescence …

Once, I saw the Attic moon rise high above Mount Hymettus as the vermilion sun flared beyond the dark Aegean. The expectant night and the dying day stilled in dramatic equilibrium .. I felt the fulcrum of the earth beneath … Continue reading

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A smile …

A smile like one star shining on a cloud-shrouded night  .. A smile illuminating the bruised-black sky with reflected light from infinite space. A smile from beyond the darkness .. starlit … on a child’s face … .

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