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Wings of Love

This Month's Featured Poems
"Everything That Is Born Must Die" by Christina Rossetti

"When Our Two Souls" by Elizabeth Barret Browning
"Of Love" by Kahil Gibran
"Angel Truth" by Megan Garrison

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Everything That Is Born Must Die
by Christina Rossetti

Everything that is born must die
Everything that can sigh may sing;
Rocks in equal balance, low or high,

Honeycomb is weighed against a sting;
Hope and fear take turns to touch the sky;
Height and depth respond alternating.

Oh my soul, spread wing of love to fly,
Wings of dove that soars on home-bound wing:
Love trusts Love, till Love shall justify

Christina Rossetti

When Our Two Souls
Sonnets XXII
by Elizabeth Barret Browning

When our two souls stand up erect and strong,
Face to face, silent, drawing nigh and nigher,
Until the lengthening wings break into fire
At either curved point,--what bitter wrong
Can the earth do to us, that we should not long
Be here contented? Think. In mounting higher,
The angels would press on us and aspire
To drop some golden orb of perfect song
Into our deep, dear silence. Let us stay
Rather on earth, Beloved,--where the unfit
Contrarious moods of men recoil away
And isolate pure spirits, and permit
A place to stand and love in for a day,
With darkness and the death-hour rounding it.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Sonnets from the Portuguese

Of Love
( from "The Prophet" by Kahlil Gibran )

They said to him "Speak to us of Love."

He looked upon the people, and there fell a stillness upon them.
And with a great voice he said:

When love beckons to you, follow him,
Though his ways are hard and steep.
And when his wings enfold you yield to him,
Though the sword hidden among his feathers may wound you.
And when he speaks to you believe in him,
Though his voice may shatter your dreams.

For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you.
Even as he is for your growth so he is for your pruning.

Even as he ascends to your height
and caresses your tenderest branches,
So shall he descend to your roots
and shake them in their clinging to the earth.

All these things shall love do unto you
that you may know the secrets of your heart,
and in that knowledge become a fragment of Life's heart.

But if in your fear you would seek only
love's peace and love's pleasure,
Then it is better for you to cover yourself
and pass out of love's door,
Into the seasonless world where you shall laugh,
but not all of your laughter,
and weep, but not all of your tears.

Love gives nothing but itself
and takes nothing but from itself.
Love possesses not nor would it be possessed;
For love is sufficient unto love.

When you love you should not say,
"God is in my heart," but rather, "I am in the heart of God."

And think not you can direct the course of love,
for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.

Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself.

Kahil Gibran

Angel Truth
by Megan Garrison

Angel I dream a benediction
Of bodies
My chin nestled between
Your shoulderblades
Folded wings
My heart
Beats against the pane
Trying to reach
The light you are
I am
So do we
Outlive this distance
By sweet belief
Desire our gospel

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