Flaming June by Sir Frederic Leighton, 1895
“There” (aka “The Heavens are Aflame”)

The forest is burning and the Heavens are aflame
The musician became the music; and autumn day

Was like the essence of the music unrestrained & restrained
The forest is burning and the Heavens are aflame

Was like the essence of the music contained & uncontained
The forest is burning and the Heavens are aflame.

The notes played as though no instrument existed,
Whilst the hearer hovered upon each measure

Desiring to hover, desiring utmost to exist within
The subject about whom the music is true, about whom

The autumn day is like the apposite completion, the apt
Significance of Consciousness
The forest is burning because it is compelled to burn

The burning is a portion of the significance,
a portion of
The Consciousness,
The very Door, the Point of reference to the Music.

And the Heavens are aflame.

The Veracity in a flaming Heaven,
Within which
There
exists no need
of any other

Point of reference,
This one
is aflame,

This one
is Autumn and Day,

This one
is the hearer hovering
and hearing in a suspended

There.

 

gjh.

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