Lightly child, lightly

Like breath or a balloon, I’m rising,
I hover six inches in the air
in my blazing swan-egg of light.
You think I’m not a goddess?
Try me.
This is a torch song.
Touch me and you’ll burn.

– Margaret Atwood, from “Helen of Troy Does Countertop Dancing

 


Notes:

  • Poem Source: Anne Sexton Appreciation. Photo: Deviant Art
  • 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.”

Comments

  1. Wow! Ms Atwood knows how to spin those words! Happy Friday.

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  2. That’s true confidence!! 😏

    Liked by 1 person

  3. don’t mess with me

    Liked by 1 person

  4. “You think I’m not a goddess?
    Try me.”

    I see a bumper sticker!

    Liked by 3 people

  5. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Love it all! … Love Margaret Atwood!! … Like breath or a balloon, I’m rising,
    ‘I hover six inches in the air
    in my blazing swan-egg of light.
    You think I’m not a goddess?
    Try me.
    This is a torch song.
    Touch me and you’ll burn.’ … Margaret Atwood, from “Helen of Troy Does Countertop Dancing”

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Margaret Atwood, loves life…her terms for life is to keep rising…continually illuminating…

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Wonderful!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Wonder what quotes the Testaments will have? And only 35 years later. David you are tasked with choosing

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Margaret often has all the words!

    Like

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