Light And Wind

A poem by Madison Julius Cawein

Where, through the myriad leaves of forest trees,
The daylight falls, beryl and chrysoprase,
The glamour and the glimmer of its rays
Seem visible music, tangible melodies:
Light that is music; music that one sees -
Wagnerian music - where forever sways
The spirit of romance, and gods and fays
Take form, clad on with dreams and mysteries.
And now the wind's transmuting necromance
Touches the light and makes it fall and rise,
Vocal, a harp of multitudinous waves
That speaks as ocean speaks - an utterance
Of far-off whispers, mermaid-murmuring sighs -
Pelagian, vast, deep down in coral caves.

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