Meredith Bronwen Mallory (garnettrees) wrote,
Meredith Bronwen Mallory
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"My thunder rends the morning sky..."

When you see this, post a poem in your LJ.

I was going to post Sylvia Plath's "Daddy"-- I love the anger and barely restrained violence in that poem. It's like going over a raw wound each and every time. I decided it was really kind of dark, but I refer it to you anyway.

Instead, the poem from which this LJ takes its name:



In a tower of flame in Capsule Twelve,
I was there.
I know not where they laid my bones,
it could be anywhere,
but when fire and smoke had faded,
the darkness left my sight,
I found my soul in a spaceship's soul
riding home on a trail of light.

For my wings are made of tungsten,
and my flesh is glass and steel,
I am the joy of Terra for the power that I wield.
Once upon a lifetime, I died a pioneer,
Now I sing within a spaceship's heart,
Does anybody hear?

My thunder rends the morning sky,
yes, I am here.
The loss to flame when I was man,
now I ride her without fear,
for I am more than man now,
and man built me with pride,
I led the way and I lead the way
to man's future in the sky.

For my wings are made of tungsten,
my flesh of glass and steel,
I am the joy of Terra for the power that I wield.
Once upon a lifetime, I died a pioneer,
Now I sing within a spaceship's heart,
Does anybody hear?

-"The Phoenix" by Julia Ecklar, c. 1983


Classes bright and early tomorrow!
-Meredith
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