Lightly Child, Lightly


It soared, a bird, it held its flight, a swift pure cry, soar silver orb it leaped serene, speeding, sustained, to come, don’t spin it out too long long breath he breath long life, soaring high, high resplendent, aflame, crowned, high in the effulgence symbolistic, high, of the ethereal bosom, high, of the high vast irradiation everywhere all soaring all around about the all, the endlessnessnessness…”

James Joyce, Ulysses 


  • Image Source: gifdrone
  • Quote: Fables of the Reconstruction
  • Prior “Lightly child, lightly” Posts? Connect here.
  • Post Title & Inspiration: Aldous Huxley: “It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly. Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply. Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them.”


  1. How can one comment on Joyce, except to read his words over and over again – finding a different meaning each time.

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  2. free.

    interesting, i’m tackling the iliad at the moment. i’m about half way and find it quite invigorating, i surprised myself.

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  3. Breathtaking! And this is the way I like Joyce–little bites. 😊 I’m still trying to process The Dubliners and I read that in college!

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  4. Pretty picture, but is that quote even in English? “don’t spin it out too long long breath he breath long life”???????????

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  5. Guess this is one I have to read very lightly, child, lightly, and don’t try to understand it.

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  6. one morning over this past year, i woke up with the image of a jar in my head. the jar’s lid was just slightly turned…so that it held only loosely onto the glass. the phrase “hold loosely” took shape in my head. and i realized that this was an image and words to guide me. in everything. loosely. once it gets too tight, nothing else can be seen or heard. amazing to see this Huxley quote and your series. thank you so much for sharing. i’m going through a period of “deep” right now and am trying too hard to grasp loosely and lightly. your images and words are of great assistance and provide much needed reminders. they get through in those seconds when the lid has been turned.

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