Talking To The White Goddess - Part 1

Distant Spiral Galaxy NGC 4603, Home to Variable Stars

Distant Spiral Galaxy NGC 4603, Home to Variable Stars
Jeffrey Newman (Univ. of California at Berkeley) and NASA

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Moon-creature precious of desire

tender in faithfulness of light

how shall I touch your perfect fire ?

Suffering that breathes above me now,

beyond obedience to be,

Beauty will you itself allow ?

Peace of these constellations' calm

night of the mind that must endure

harbour the love in us from harm.

Power to the very utmost keep

the loved, the loving from despair

drowned where they lie in Eros-sleep.

Moon-creature precious of desire

faithful in tenderness of light,

how shall I touch your perfect fire ?


You are the shoulder of light above

the blackbird's way.

Delicate you throw yourself

from the high rock.

Bruised lips part in the arms of sky

on arms of stone.

O centre of the circle, and sacred

second letter.

Eyes of the future open in your

arrow-shaped leaf-blades.


Heavier than air my care for you

but lighter than leaves

the wind blows through.

Darker than night my care-in-love

yet brighter than breath

of light above.

O sharper than pain my love of you

but sweeter than that delight that through

the body sends its fire.


Sweet as the touch of night

or eyelids' touch of fire

lips touch in deepest night

the tremor of desire.

Mind in the night's excess

touches the dark of air

its silent tenderness

almost too much to bear.

Sweet as your touch so light

it barely stirs the night

its elemental deep

beyond the call of sleep.


Child of the moon

in moonlight known

your beauty shines

on all I own.

Child of the light

within the night

from you each gift

of touch and sight.

Child of the heart

within my arms

be free from fear

and all life's harms.