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Edgar Lee Masters - Faith Matheny

At first you will know not what they mean,
And you may never know,
And we may never tell you: --
These sudden flashes in your soul,
Like lambent lightning on snowy clouds
At midnight when the moon is full.
They come in solitude, or perhaps
You sit with your friend, and all at once
A silence falls on speech, and his eyes
Without a flicker glow at you: --
You two have seen the secret together,
He sees it in you, and you in him.
And there you sit thrilling lest the Mystery
Stand before you and strike you dead
With a splendor like the sun's.
Be brave, all souls who have such visions!
As your body's alive as mine is dead,
You're catching a little whiff of the ether
Reserved for God Himself. 

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Poet: Edgar Lee Masters
Poem: Faith Matheny
Poem of the Day: Sep 3 2014

Comment 4 of 4, added on May 9th, 2010 at 12:00 AM.
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Comment 3 of 4, added on December 1st, 2008 at 4:04 PM.

I have had this experience 3 times. Some people have what some people call 'mystical experiences'. Sometimes you can have one of these experiences simultaneously with someone else. It happens very suddenly & it is an experience of eternity, infinity, no time, bliss, perfect love. It does not last long. Sometimes one of the people thinks the other person is 'doing it'. Sometimes there are 'gurus' or whatever who can evoke this experience in people. For more about 'mystical experience' read St Teresa of Avila's books & Evelyn Underhill's "Mysticism" is a good overview but too romantic.

Comment 2 of 4, added on May 11th, 2008 at 1:47 PM.

My theatre teacher said that you could interpret as two ways. The first way is falling in love. It's talking about how the secret, which is love, is shared between you two, and you should enjoy it while you're alive. And how love is just like catching a taste of heaven. The second way is faith. I didn't have him explain that to me cause I liked the one about falling in love, but it's also talking about your faith in God.

Emily from United States

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