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Principle of Quintessence Am I clever and quick enough To ride the gales Of your storm-clotted skies; Dodge the lightning, Challenge the thunder, And not corrode in the acid rain Of your tears? Have I the endurance To withstand the flames That blaze and sing in your veins--of Searing passion and Charring rage-- Yet not choke upon the ashes Of your despair? Cand I find the courage To brave the wave-tossed depths-- The surges and ebbs of your heart, the Drowning pools and Shipwrecking tides That would smash me on the rocks Of your cruelty? How might I stand steady Against the quaking firmament-- The fevered shudders of your body, Pitching in ecstasy and Buckling in agony-- Not to fall into the yawning pit Of your emptiness? All around the answers lie In the quintessence of spirit; A brittle diamond perfection-- The halcion song and fluting cry, Of an emotion I dare not name And may never see shine In you.
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