Fall into the water.
And now in the moonlight they still fall,
But each leaf is fringed with silver."
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king."
walking away, and without a sound
the glittering face of a glacier
slid into the sea. An ancient oak
fell in the Cumberlands, holding only
a handful of leaves, and an old woman
scattering corn to her chickens looked up
for an instant. At the other side
of the galaxy, a star thirty-five times
the size of our own sun exploded
and vanished, leaving a small green spot
on the astronomer’s retina
as he stood in the great open dome
of my heart with no one to tell."
Madness and witchery as well as bestiality are conditions commonly associated with the use of the female voice in public, in ancient as well as modern contexts. Consider how many female celebrities of classical mythology, literature and cult make themselves objectionable…
I can hear the chimes begin to sing
outside the spiders are scuttling homeward
and inside the shouts will soon begin.
Carry me up to bed,
turn out the light and read me a story
of kings and queens.
I think my dreams will be of battle and oceans
empty save for one vessel
sailing away from flattened trees."