an ancient harmony

“Flux Ropes on the Sun” by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/SDO

I hear beyond the range of sound,
I see beyond the range of sight,
New earths and skies and seas around,
And in my day the sun doth pale his light.

A clear and ancient harmony
Pierces my soul through all its din,
As through its utmost melody, –
Farther behind than they – farther within.

~ Henry David Thoreau

10 thoughts on “an ancient harmony”

    1. Thank you, Robin! I can’t help wondering what poems Thoreau would write if he had the opportunity to see pictures from outer space…

    1. I’m glad you were dazzled by the photo, Kathy! It fills me with awe to contemplate the mysteries of the universe “out there” as well as the vast microscopic universe within… *hugs*

    1. Thank you, Laurie! As I mentioned to Robin, I wonder what Thoreau would make of these dazzling pictures we are getting from space in our time…

    1. You’re welcome, Sybil. Sometimes I think poetry is like food – some of it delights us, some of it doesn’t move us one way or the other, and some of it is distasteful! Some of us eat everything in sight, and some of us are quite finicky. (I think I’m pretty finicky!)

  1. It is indeed an wonderful, inspiring picture. And the quote also is quite insightful; the poet is like a prophet… the poet extraordinary/abnormal things, phenomena and reveals them to the world… and often we get surprised at the deep poetical insight great poets have.

    1. Indeed, sadok, poets seem to have unique ways of looking at the world and interpreting it for us – the great ones write in such a way to make us think more deeply. Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment!

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