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Aeolian dust devil

by Julie Adams

there is movement

whirring sediments
swirling thoughts

energy is building


the arid air
a dragon's breath

truth is fire
my heart aflame

I hear whispering winds
a harp's sigh

and in the chords of Coleridge
I writhe


Author's Note: ...came this morning, no warning. Once revised. ---- FYI - reference to Coleridge involves his poem: "The Eolian Harp," namely the 2nd stanza -

And that simplest Lute,
Placed length-ways in the clasping casement, hark!
How by the desultory breeze caress'd,
Like some coy maid half yielding to her lover,
It pours such sweet upbraiding, as must needs
Tempt to repeat the wrong! And now, its strings
Boldlier swept, the long sequacious notes
Over delicious surges sink and rise,
Such a soft floating witchery of sound
As twilight Elfins make, when they at eve
Voyage on gentle gales from Fairy-Land,
Where Melodies round honey-dripping flowers,
Footless and wild, like birds of Paradise,
Nor pause, nor perch, hovering on untam'd wing!
O! the one Life within us and abroad,
Which meets all motion and becomes its soul,
A light in sound, a sound-like power in light,
Rhythm in all thought, and joyance every where—
Methinks, it should have been impossible
Not to love all things in a world so fill'd;
Where the breeze warbles, and the mute still air
Is Music slumbering on her instrument.


And with commentary on that harp: http://www.ronaldecker.com/harp.htm

Posted on 05/09/2011
Copyright © 2021 Julie Adams

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Charlie Morgan on 05/09/11 at 03:21 PM

...gripping description o' a wonderous morn', which is every day, eh? jewels, this is heavy, delivered lightly.

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