"St. Francis in the Desert" by Giovanni Bellini ‘Reflections’ by Justin Monelt The Society May 3, 2018 Beauty, Poetry 6 Comments I am the shining star above– The perfect ray of light. I am the wisest thought conceived, I am the earth’s delight. I am God’s greatest creation, The angels sing my name. I never have been false or bleak, Nor deaf, nor dumb, nor lame. I am the Word made manifest– The ultimate desire, My spirit is the testament To the living Fire. I rise above all nature base; I know no lower thing, In perfect silence I prepare For what my Work will bring. I hear the whispers of the Gods; Their wisdom is my grace, I strive with passion every hour To reach that holy place. I’m not of feeble temperament; My power is my right, In poise I aim to yet perceive That unutterable Light. The Eagle greets me as I glide Into that higher state, In silence I am unconfined, In silence I am great. I am the night’s majestic stars, I am the heavens true, With flaming soul I find my light In blissful solitude! Justin Monelt is a poet in his 20s living in New York. Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 6 Responses Shiny Titus May 3, 2018 Beautiful composition Justin. Reply Rohini Sunderam May 3, 2018 The poem and the art work beautifully. Reply James Sale May 3, 2018 Very impressive poetry – the use of the refrain works so well in this. I really like it. Reply David Paul Behrens May 3, 2018 The first and final verses are very good (an important aspect of any good poem), as are all the verses in between. Well done. Reply David Hollywood May 4, 2018 Very good, it felt like a self-possessed control of what is holy. Well done. Reply David Watt May 5, 2018 A melodious poem in which the form really suits the reflective theme. Well done. Reply Leave a Reply to David Paul Behrens Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.