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Sylvia Plath - Lyonnesse

No use whistling for Lyonnesse! 
Sea-cold, sea-cold it certainly is. 
Take a look at the white, high berg on his forehead- 

There's where it sunk. 
The blue, green, 
Gray, indeterminate gilt 

Sea of his eyes washing over it 
And a round bubble 
Popping upward from the mouths of bells 

People and cows. 
The Lyonians had always thought 
Heaven would be something else, 

But with the same faces, 
The same places... 
It was not a shock- 

The clear, green, quite breathable atmosphere, 
Cold grits underfoot, 
And the spidery water-dazzle on field and street. 

It never occurred that they had been forgot, 
That the big God 
Had lazily closed one eye and let them slip 

Over the English cliff and under so much history! 
They did not see him smile, 
Turn, like an animal, 

In his cage of ether, his cage of stars. 
He'd had so many wars! 
The white gape of his mind was the real Tabula Rasa.

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Poet: Sylvia Plath
Poem: Lyonnesse
Poem of the Day: Sep 25 2013

Comment 3 of 3, added on August 4th, 2014 at 5:29 PM.
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vai7Ri Major thankies for the blog post.Much thanks again.

crorkz from Moldova
Comment 2 of 3, added on August 3rd, 2014 at 3:51 PM.
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x1FvZe Major thanks for the blog post.Really thank you! Will read on...

crorkz matz from Portugal
Comment 1 of 3, added on April 13th, 2014 at 8:25 PM.
You really sound so

You really sound so much like me. We are both so aimtibous and yet so free and optimistic that we feel we can do so much. I hope that we both focus our time praying or thinking about which road to take is the best, and then figure it out. (: Good luck to you. I hope to have a successful blog such as yours one day.

Karen from Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyzstan)

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