Nature’s great masterpiece, an elephant (The only harmless great thing)… Still sleeping stood; vex’d not his fantasy Black dreams; like an unbent bow carelessly His sinewy proboscis did remissly lie. — John Donne I have just found this quote on elephants, in a book that I have had since October 1983! I date my books…
When you go home, tell them of us and say
For your tomorrow, we gave our today.
Into my heart an air that kills
From yon far country blows
To hatch a crow, a black rainbow Bent in emptiness over emptiness But flying. Ted Hughes, Crow (1970) Image: By Iain Wanless (Flickr: Crow in flight) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
He who hath braved Youth’s dizzy heat
Dreads not the frost of Age.
Her hair was long, her foot was light,
And her eyes were wild.
That everyday people die and the rest assume they are immortal.
— From the Mahabharata.
The deed, the deed.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” — Emma Lazarus, American poet (1849–1887) I recall many years…