I’ve wandered to the furthest ends of the earth

Peered over the edge at the fulgent stars

Whirling like fireflies in the darkling sea;

I’ve sunk beneath waves innumerable

And sojourned in the lost temples of Atlantis

Reveling with quicksilver dolphins;

I’ve fallen asleep at the feet of mountains

Waking as they raised the sun between them

Like a cup overfull with multicolored flame;

And I’ve walked the gardens of Shangri-La

Among statues of marble and gold and stardust

That recited poetry long-forgotten when I drew near;

But never have I seen a sight as breathtaking

As when all the women of the world

Rose as one and sang with many-tongued voice:

“I, too, am beauty.”


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