"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. NOTE TO READERS: If you enjoyed this poem or other content, please consider making a donation to the Society of Classical Poets. NOTE TO POETS: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to email@example.com. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. CODEC News: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 Watt 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. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.