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Foregleam . a prose poem by Alice B. Clagett

Written ca. 1967; imaged on 9 April 2021; published on 10 April 2021

  • INTRODUCTION
  • “FOREGLEAM”
  • NOTES

Dear Ones,

INTRODUCTION

This prose poem hails from my college days. As I recall it was composed while I was reading the “Canterbury Tales” written in Middle English between the years 1387 and 1400 by Geoffrey Chaucer, whose work I much admired.

I recall being astounded by the words in the poem, as they came ‘out of the blue’. At time, it seemed to me as if I were that older woman described in the passage. It is as if I were standing in her body.

I did not know what to make of it. Was it really to be me, in this present incarnation, as the years rolled on? Was it someone else, someone I had been in the Middle Ages? To be frank, I was baffled.

When I came across this poem some years ago, I thought to include it in the tales of my incarnational memories noted below. You must make of it what you will.

Image: “Peasant Girl Spinning,” by Elihu Vedder, 1869, in Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Elihu_Vedder_-_A_Peasant_Girl_Spinning.jpg … public domain

Image: “Peasant Girl Spinning,” by Elihu Vedder, 1869, in Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Elihu_Vedder_-_A_Peasant_Girl_Spinning.jpg … public domain\

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“FOREGLEAM”
A Prose Poem by Alice B. Clagett
ca. 1967

Though now the grey subdued her raven hair
Her step was light and lithesome as a maid’s,

And yet her eyes did sparkle in her face
As do the sparrow’s, chortling in spring’s wake.

Her frame, dainty and slim, but strong withal,
Was like the reed which, troubled by the wind,

Will only bow its head and, in the calm,
Stand up the stronger, although not so tall.

Her garment was of simple brown and white.
Her voice was bright and knowing, fairy-like,

And often would she gaze into the air
In contemplation, fingertip on mouth.

It mattered naught how cold or wet the day.
In any kind of weather she would walk.

Whenever she was asked to speak her mind,
First quode she always, “Well now, let me see.”

And ever was her speech as calm and sweet
As whispering fountain on a sunlit morn.

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NOTES

The word ‘quode’ I take to mean ‘spake’ or ‘responded’; I believe this is a word from medieval times that might also have been in use during the European Renaissance (given the imaginative use of various spellings of words, even within one literary work, during those times … and even up until the end of the 19th Century, during the days of my grandparents here in the United States). I feel it may be kin to the words ‘quedan’ (Old High German), ‘cwethan’ (Old English), and ‘quethen’ (Middle English, past tense ‘quoth’).

Here is an instance from “A merry iest how a sergeant would learne to playe the frere, written by maister Thomas More in hys youth” …

“In dede quode he,
“It hath with me,
“Bene better than it is.”

— from Link: “The History of the English Language” …  https://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/the-history-of-the-english-language/ … The poem is public domain because it is so old.

Sir Thomas More, who was sainted, lived from 1478 to 1535, during the European Renaissance.

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Image: “Foregleam,” a poem composed and handwritten by Alice B. Clagett, ca. 1967, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Foregleam,” a poem composed and handwritten by Alice B. Clagett, ca. 1967, CC BY-SA 4.0

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Image: “In the Forest for Mushrooms,” by Sergey Vinogradov, 1927, in Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sergey_Vinogradov_-_Gathering_Mushrooms_in_the_Forest.jpg … public domain

Image: “In the Forest for Mushrooms,” by Sergey Vinogradov, 1927, in Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sergey_Vinogradov_-_Gathering_Mushrooms_in_the_Forest.jpg … public domain

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In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

See also … Link: “Tiny Anthologies: Incarnational Memories,” by Alice B. Clagett, compiled from prior blogs on 10 February 2019; revised … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-bCE ..

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–from Link: “Foregleam,” a prose poem by Alice B. Clagett, written ca. 1967; imaged on 9 April 2021; published on 10 April 2021 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-mjK ..

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Alice B. Clagett


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Mission Accomplished. A Prose Poem by Alice B. Clagett

Written on 7 July 2019; published on 16 July 2019

Hello, Dear Ones, It’s Alice. I Am of the Stars.

At writing class this month, we had an assignment to write a story that included certain words. Each person in the class contributed one word at that moment; and the words were: spelunking, no, accomplished, joy, green, deserted, mistake, and kaleidoscope.

My gift to the class was a poem that included those words. Here is that poem for you ….

Mission Accomplished
A Poem by Alice B. Clagett
7 July 2019

No! Spelunking is not for me!

When my first grade class went to the Luray Caverns in Virginia, I went on sit-down strike at the entrance.

I remember our teacher said:
“Sit right here till we get back!”

Then, one by one,
my classmates walked
down the stairs
into the cave.

Deserted! I was all alone!

Time went by.
I stared at the dark entrance to the cave.
A cool breeze welled up to greet me.

As if it had a mind of its own, my foot started tapping.

I stood up.
“This is a big mistake,” I thought.

I stepped down one stone step, then another.
Down, down into the darkness.

Gone, the green grass.
Gone, the kaleidoscope of sunlit clouds and sky.

My sandaled feet tapped Morse code courage.

. . . . .

Alice B. Clagett


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Slow-Mo Woe . an unlikely poem by Alice B. Clagett

Written on 5 May 2019; published on 31 May 2019

Dear Ones,

At creative writing class at the beginning of May, we were asked to write a story about a particular time of day. The time of day was chosen by another class member. I drew 5:30 am, and wrote this lyrical story … or maybe it’s a prose poem …

Slow-Mo Woe
An Unlikely Poem by Alice B. Clagett, 5 May 2019

5:30 a.m. Skeeziks! I slept too late.
. . . All across California, dreams of luaus in Hawaii
. . . are snapping shut,
. . . like corporate valises,
. . . boxing up wishes
. . . in oh-so-regretful reels
. . . of workday expectations.

5:45 a.m. All over California I hear:
. . . Put another film on the projector, mister …
. . . I wanna be the Amazon Queen,
. . . not the youngest actress in “Les Miserables.”
. . . Cast me opposite Fred Astaire –
. . . I want to dance my way through life! …
. . . Today I’d like to be ET –
. . . anything but a secretary.

6:00 a.m. Wash face, brush teeth, feed cat, grab keys.
. . . Out the deplorable door
. . . to slo-mo woe
. . . once mo’

. . . . .

Alice B. Clagett


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What a Beautiful Sunset! . by Alice B. Clagett

Filmed on 26 September 2015; published on 29 September 2015

  • INTRODUCTION
    • “So Do Souls Rise,” a prose poem by Alice B. Clagett
  • VIDEO BY ALICE
  • PHOTOS BY ALICE

INTRODUCTION

Dear Ones,

I saw a very beautiful sunset, and wrote this poem …

“So Do Souls Rise”
A Poem by Alice B. Clagett
26 September 2015

Image: “Mountain Skies and Wildflowers 19,” by Alice B. Clagett, 26 September 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Mountain Skies and Wildflowers 19,” by Alice B. Clagett, 26 September 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

So do Souls rise to greatness on passing from the physical world …

With a sense of surprise, relief from suffering, a feeling that there are new horizons to be explored.

A chance to turn and meet their angelic guides, who have been with them all through physical life, and with whom they can now once more see and speak.

A chance to purify the energy field of sadness and pain.

A chance to return to the True Self, the Soul’s Light, the grandeur and the grace of the Divine.

VIDEO BY ALICE

There are no words in the video; it is a panoramic view of a sunset in Colorado …

PHOTOS BY ALICE

Image: “Mountain Skies and Wildflowers 1: Jubilant Cloud,” by Alice B. Clagett, 26 September 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Mountain Skies and Wildflowers 1: Jubilant Cloud,” by Alice B. Clagett, 26 September 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Mountain Skies and Wildflowers 2: Hazy Sun,” by Alice B. Clagett, 26 September 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Mountain Skies and Wildflowers 2: Hazy Sun,” by Alice B. Clagett, 26 September 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Mountain Skies and Wildflowers 3: Sylph,” by Alice B. Clagett, 26 September 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Mountain Skies and Wildflowers 3: Sylph,” by Alice B. Clagett, 26 September 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Mountain Skies and Wildflowers 4,” by Alice B. Clagett, 26 September 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Mountain Skies and Wildflowers 4,” by Alice B. Clagett, 26 September 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Mountain Skies and Wildflowers 5: Rock,” by Alice B. Clagett, 26 September 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Mountain Skies and Wildflowers 5: Rock,” by Alice B. Clagett, 26 September 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Mountain Skies and Wildflowers 6: Rock and Moss,” by Alice B. Clagett, 26 September 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Mountain Skies and Wildflowers 6: Rock and Moss,” by Alice B. Clagett, 26 September 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Mountain Skies and Wildflowers 7: Rock and Lichen,” by Alice B. Clagett, 26 September 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Mountain Skies and Wildflowers 7: Rock and Lichen,” by Alice B. Clagett, 26 September 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Mountain Skies and Wildflowers 8: Indian Paintbrush,” by Alice B. Clagett, 26 September 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Mountain Skies and Wildflowers 8: Indian Paintbrush,” by Alice B. Clagett, 26 September 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Mountain Skies and Wildflowers 9: Rock and Moss,” by Alice B. Clagett, 26 September 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Mountain Skies and Wildflowers 9: Rock and Moss,” by Alice B. Clagett, 26 September 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Mountain Skies and Wildflowers 10,: Rock and Lichen” by Alice B. Clagett, 26 September 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Mountain Skies and Wildflowers 10: Rock and Lichen,” by Alice B. Clagett, 26 September 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Mountain Skies and Wildflowers 11: Boulder and Pine Trees,” by Alice B. Clagett, 26 September 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Mountain Skies and Wildflowers 11: Boulder and Pine Trees,” by Alice B. Clagett, 26 September 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Mountain Skies and Wildflowers 12: Mountains and Sky,” by Alice B. Clagett, 26 September 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Mountain Skies and Wildflowers 12: Mountain and Sky,” by Alice B. Clagett, 26 September 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Mountain Skies and Wildflowers 13: Mountains and Sky,” by Alice B. Clagett, 26 September 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Mountain Skies and Wildflowers 13: Mountains and Sky,” by Alice B. Clagett, 26 September 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Mountain Skies and Wildflowers 14: Oil Rig, Mountains and Sky,” by Alice B. Clagett, 26 September 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Mountain Skies and Wildflowers 14: Oil Rig, Mountains and Sky,” by Alice B. Clagett, 26 September 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Mountain Skies and Wildflowers 15: Mountains and Sky,” by Alice B. Clagett, 26 September 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Mountain Skies and Wildflowers 15: Mountains and Sky,” by Alice B. Clagett, 26 September 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Mountain Skies and Wildflowers 16: Mountains and Sky,” by Alice B. Clagett, 26 September 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Mountain Skies and Wildflowers 16: Mountains and Sky,” by Alice B. Clagett, 26 September 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Mountain Skies and Wildflowers 17: Mountain Sunset,” by Alice B. Clagett, 26 September 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Mountain Skies and Wildflowers 17: Mountain Sunset,” by Alice B. Clagett, 26 September 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Mountain Skies and Wildflowers 18: Full Moon,” by Alice B. Clagett, 26 September 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Mountain Skies and Wildflowers 18: Full Moon,” by Alice B. Clagett, 26 September 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Mountain Skies and Wildflowers 19: Sunset,” by Alice B. Clagett, 26 September 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Mountain Skies and Wildflowers 19: Sunset,” by Alice B. Clagett, 26 September 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

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–from Link: “What a Beautiful Sunset!” by Alice B. Clagett, filmed on 26 September 2015; published on 29 September 2015 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-45q ..

Alice B. Clagett


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Where Does the Formless Emerge as Form? . a prose poem by Alice B. Clagett

Written in 2015

Image: “Red Tiger Lilies,” by Alice B. Clagett, 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Red Tiger Lilies,” by Alice B. Clagett, 2015, CC BY-SA 4.0

WHERE DOES THE FORMLESS
EMERGE AS FORM?
A Prose Poem by Alice B. Clagett
2015

Where does the formless emerge as form?
Where does the Soul meet the Divine?

At the very back of the heart chakra,
at the point where it touches the spine.
From this point life springs, and healing.

Though there be many hearts,
for each this is the Center of all that is.
For each this is equally true.
In the manner that alternate universes exist,
and that all times are one eternal Now …
All places one eternal Here …
Just as every catastrophe
contains its opposite – supreme bliss.
As Christ, in his mortal body dying,
knew in greater consciousness his undying Self.

…………….

Alice B. Clagett


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Shall We Make War on War? . a prose poem by Alice B. Clagett

Written in 2011

SHALL WE MAKE WAR ON WAR?
A Poem by Alice B. Clagett
2011

Shall we make war on war?
Or shall we apply the unguent of peace?
A peaceful thought, a peaceful prayer,
A peaceful life …
These simple acts
Like pebbles dropped into a pond,
Spread peaceful ripples everywhere.

Alice B. Clagett

–from Link: “The Awakening of Humanity: An End to War,” by Alice B. Clagett, written and published on 8 March 2011; revised on 16 May 2018 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-5LR ..


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On Freedom . a prose poem by Alice B. Clagett

Written in April 2013; published on 2 January 2019

  • ON FREEDOM, a Prose Poem by Alice B. Clagett

Dear Ones,

Here is a prose poem …

ON FREEDOM
A Prose Poem by Alice B. Clagett
April 2013

What gives us freedom? …
Freedom to leave the subconscious scenarios.
Freedom to let go our fixed ideas.
Freedom to feel joy.
Freedom to travel time and space.
Freedom to co-create tomorrow …

The human heart.
Not the mind, mind you.
Just the heart.

–from Link: “Freedom,” by Alice B. Clagett, published on 26 April 2013 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-5LE ..

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Alice B. Clagett


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On Freedom . a prose poem by Alice B. Clagett

Written on 26 April 2013

ON FREEDOM
A Prose Poem by Alice B. Clagett
26 April 2013

What gives us freedom? …
Freedom to leave the subconscious scenarios.
Freedom to let go our fixed ideas.
Freedom to feel joy.
Freedom to travel time and space.
Freedom to co-create tomorrow …

The human heart.
Not the mind, mind you.
Just the heart.

Alice B. Clagett


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Like the Fabled Pied Piper . a prose poem by Alice B. Clagett

Written on 27 September 2011; published on 1 January 2019; republished on 16 December 2020

LIKE THE FABLED PIED PIPER
A Prose Poem by Alice B. Clagett
27 September 2011

Like the fabled pied piper,
Microsoft and Apple
have taken away
our children
from their families.

It’s not just
the grief
of a little village.

The entire world mourns.

–from Link: “Like the Fabled Pied Piper,” a prose poem by Alice B. Clagett, written on 27 September 2011; published on 1 January 2019; republished on 16 December 2020 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-l4a ..

Alice B. Clagett


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