March 19th, 2006

abstract butterfly

amid the deluge

"Laugh to welcome me! cry aloud!
For wild am I as the winds and rains--
Free to come and to go as they;
Love's moon sways not the tides of my veins;
There is no voice that can bid me stay.
Out and away on the drenched, brown lea!
Out to the great, glad heart of the year!
Nothing to grieve for, nothing to fear,--
Fetterless, lawless, a maiden free!"

from "A Mood", by Princess Amelie Troubetzkoy, of Richmond, Virginia (1863-1945)

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