Not for that city of the level sun,
Its golden streets and glittering gates ablaze—
The shadeless, sleepless city of white days,
White nights, or nights and days that are as one—
We weary, when all is said , all thought, all done.
We strain our eyes beyond this dusk to see
What, from the threshold of eternity
We shall step into. No, I think we shun
The splendour of that everlasting glare,
The clamour of that never-ending song.
And if for anything we greatly long,
It is for some remote and quiet stair
Which winds to silence and a space for sleep
Too sound for waking and for dreams too deep.
Not for That City
Not a song, this time, but the extremely well-known Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven. Somehow, although we know it so well, it never fails to work its magic for me, and I hope you too.
The Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor “Quasi una fantasia”, Op. 27, No. 2, popularly known as the Moonlight Sonata, is a piano sonata by Ludwig van Beethoven. Completed in 1801 and dedicated in 1802 to his pupil, Countess Giulietta Guicciardi, it is one of Beethoven’s most popular compositions for the piano.
She looks up and the stars who, on her, look down
She wears not much more than a frozen frown.
She has walked all day and walked all night
She thinks her soul is hers but her senses have taken flight
The night is dark and there is snow underfoot
Moving on is all she’s got. Her eyes open her brain is full of soot.
She no longer knows why she journeys on
She is lost, alone and all of her comfort is gone.
Where is she going where has she been
What are the horrors that she has seen.
Will she ever get there will she ever arrive ,
I am afraid for this waif how will she survive .
Will she escape from my dreams will she let me rest at night
I hope she can get free, brake her tethers and fly as free as an escaped…
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Lee Jeffries is a self-taught artist who has surprised the insular photography world with his striking series of black-and-white portraits of homeless men and women.
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