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Mon, Oct. 16th, 2006, 07:34 pm
A Song of St. Francis Dionysus

This is a poem that I read when called by friends to read out loud poetry at various seasonal social gatherings. It was written by science fiction writer Phillip Mann in his amazing but almost unknown book Wulfsyarn: a Mosaic, so most people are not familiar with it. I was surprised that I could not find this poem on the internet, so I post it here for your enjoyment.

A Song of St. Francis Dionysus

I affirm the oneness of Life.
Among my friends I number the stars,
Shining in the darkness and the serene moon.
I praise the rising sun that gladdens me.
Everything holds to its rightness:
The leaves that fall in Autumn,
The sap the rises in Spring,
The strong roots that break stone under soil.
Everything holds together: the fish, the birds
And the things that crawl in the darkness.
I affirm the oneness of Life.
I celebrate tangled branches,
The tumbling of clear water,
The flowers of Spring and the berries of Winter.
I am in everything and everything is in me.
I am where the red desert meets the blue ocean.
Where the white mountain joins the green valley.
Everything joins. The stones too have their life.

I affirm the oneness of life.
Where the baby cries and the woman opens,
Where the man calls and the child stands,
There too am I.
I glory in opposites, in fragrance at nightfall,
In death in the morning, in tears and laughter.
I hear the voice that whispers,
Gentle and deep, from old sea shells
Content with centuries of ocean,
And it is my voice,
and many voices.

I affirm the oneness of Life.

-- Phillip Mann
(from Wulfsyarn: a Mosaic, 1990)

Mon, Oct. 16th, 2006 11:42 pm (UTC)

That is beautiful! Thank you for sharing it.

Tue, Oct. 17th, 2006 01:28 pm (UTC)

Thank you for yet again showing me something new and beautiful