The shadow of this world
           felt and lived
by the palpable soul
           by the other me
that lies deep within

vocal with speech
           the energies of action
and the energies of thought
           experience transformed
into eloquence and wisdom
           at least that is the desire
all fear dissipated
           fear of being oneself

life moments culled from the air
           by the angel of wisdom
thoughts of the mind
           raised and transfigured
truth incorruptible
           the ebb and flow of the sea
desire and satisfaction
           day and night
all nature in undulation
           from mulberry leaf
to the finest silk

thought is function
           character above intellect
to observe the demands
           of our task
to catalogue the stars
           of the human mind

John Lyons


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