‘Spirit!’ the Fairy said, And pointed to the gorgeous dome, ’this is a wondrous sight And mocks all human grandeur; But, were it virtue’s only meed to dwell In a celestial palace, all resigned To pleasurable impulses, immured Within the prison of itself, the will Of changeless Nature would be unfulfilled. Learn to make others happy. Spirit, come! This is thine high reward: -the past shall rise; Thou shalt behold the present; I will teach The secrets of the future. The Fairy and the Spirit Approached the overhanging battlement. Below lay stretched the universe! There, far as the remotest line That bounds imagination’s flight, Countless and unending orbs In mazy motion intermingled, Yet still fulfilled immutably Eternal Nature’s law. Above, below, around, The circling systems formed A wilderness of harmony; Each with undeviating aim, In eloquent silence, through the depths of space Pursued its wondrous way.’ - Percy Bysshe Shelley, excerpt from "Queen Mab"
" Where dips the rocky highland Of Sleuth Wood in the lake, There lies a leafy island Where flapping herons wake The drowsy water rats; There we've hid our faery vats, Full of berries And of reddest stolen cherries. Come away, O human child! To the waters and the wild With a faery, hand in hand. For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand. "
- William Butler Yeats, excerpt from "The Stolen Child"
" ‘I am the Fairy Mab: to me ‘tis given The wonders of the human world to keep; The secrets of the immeasurable past, In the unfailing consciences of men... "
It's International Women's Day. Yay for the ladies!
This week, Europe is celebrating the rights of women.
“As a woman I have no country. As a woman I want no country.
As a woman, my country is the whole world.”
To celebrate today, I'm taking a moment to honour and reflect on all of
the women who came before us, who fought so hard, sometimes through
tremendous hardships, even faced death, so that women can live better
lives, today. Know your history (or rather, herstory!) so that their
efforts, sacrifices, and accomplishments are never forgotten.
Here are 31 random and personal facts about me, as inspired by Tamara Laporte's blog, here. Some of them are serious, and others are frivolous. They are in no particular order... just a random deluge of thoughts. Just a note, #9 and #29 might be triggering to some readers.