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Lux perpetua luceat eis.

As everyone is aware by now, Madeline L'Engle has passed away. In lieu of saying anything eloquent about her (because everyone's got that more than covered) I thought to share this poem, which her book A Swiftly Tilting Planet inspired years ago. I think I've posted it here once before, a couple years ago, under a hefty filter. Today seems like a good time for it to finally make a less restricted appearance.

Ananda

I am dance and I am danger
I am song of crystal sphere
I am effortless and ancient
Fathomless and without fear

I am call of horns triumphant
I am blade and I am bell
I am spray of heaven's fountains
Water from its deepest well

I am breath and ebbless beauty
I am wind and I am wild
I am true and transcendental
Infinite and undefiled

I am soaring, swift, celestial
I am songs you almost sing
I am unexpressed, eternal
Every beat of every wing

I am flight and I am falling
I am gold and gloria
I am leaping, light and laughter
Fire and euphoria

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persephone_kore
Sep. 7th, 2007 10:47 pm (UTC)
Ohhh. This is beautiful. So many of the lines cast off bright gleams when I read them, but somehow "I am songs you almost sing" made it feel... like something felt inside, while all the rest is glorious surroundings. I love the rhymes you chose.
ellenmillion
Sep. 7th, 2007 10:48 pm (UTC)
I'm not generally a poetry fan, but I REALLY like this.
katiem00
Sep. 7th, 2007 10:53 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm sad. That is a beautiful poem, though. The line "I am wind and I am wild" really strikes me as L'Engle-esqe.
kimberlycreates
Sep. 7th, 2007 11:03 pm (UTC)
This is beautiful, thank you for sharing it. I have no other words right now.
izhilzha
Sep. 7th, 2007 11:15 pm (UTC)
I've read this before, but...oh.

Beautiful.
some_day_soling
Sep. 7th, 2007 11:39 pm (UTC)
Wow. That's all I can think of to say to that poem. It is amazing.

I had not heard that L'Engle died. I love her books.
travels_in_time
Sep. 8th, 2007 12:18 am (UTC)
I loved it when you first posted it, and I still love it. It's beautiful.
kalinda001
Sep. 8th, 2007 01:41 am (UTC)
That is so beautiful. A fitting tribute.
carbonelle
Sep. 16th, 2007 05:29 am (UTC)
Very nice indeed.
suzannemarie
Nov. 15th, 2007 12:13 am (UTC)
Ah, "the joy in existence without which the universe would fall apart and collapse." (A mighty big name.)

This is lovely.
kalquessa
Nov. 15th, 2007 03:31 am (UTC)
*grin* Thanks!
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