Sonnet XIII

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic
A sonnet exploring the captivating beauty of the sky and the fragile mortality of man.

A few notes for better understanding:
- "coupling vessels" -- refers to the movement of the clouds in the sky, akin to that of ships in the sea
- "orbing eyes" -- the sun, moon, and stars of the sky, "eyes" that have witnessed man's "masquerade" down through the centuries and kept the past's secrets
- "grave truths unfade" -- observing the intoxicating beauty of nature causes a sort of reverse drunkenness that sharpens our minds and senses instead of slowing them
- "death's mere tendrils serve God's entourages" -- the realization that death is only a threshold serving "God's entourages," the angels, who escort men to the afterlife
- "slaying seas in ether mantles mock" -- a reference to how water's reflections can mirror the sky, and yet despite its deceitfully similar appearance, the sea is far more dangerous
- "antique breaths collect by history's tax" -- the realization that the sky is the same mass of air breathed by humanity through all of time
- "we upward drop" -- while lying on one's back and staring up at the sky, the terrifying thought of a sudden reverse of gravity comes to mind
- "Aether" -- the Greek god that governed the heavenly air breathed by the gods

Submitted: June 05, 2019

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Beneath our reeling heavens’ glassy gaze
Where God’s unerring hand hath spattered blue
Where coupling vessels join in misty haze
Where orbing eyes Man’s masquerade guard true
We sojourn Nature’s taverns, drunk on the sky,
And touching upon sharp’ning minds’ mirages
Grave truths unfade, collapsing by the eye:
That death’s mere tendrils serve God’s entourages;
That slaying seas in ether mantles mock;
That antique breaths collect by history’s tax,
Where ever-sprawling Past keeps sapphire stock;
Where crystal Time’s horizon quickly cracks;
Where should the iron earth its grip reverse,
We upward drop to Aether’s azure hearse.


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