Treasure Island

Aleister Crowley

(12 October 1875 - 1 December 1947 / Warwickshire, England)

Au Bal


[Dedicated to Horace Sheridan-Bickers]

A vision of flushed faces, shining limbs,
The madness of the music that entrances
All life in its delirium of dances!
The white world glitters in the void, and swims
Through the infinite seas of transcendental trances.
Yea! all the hoarded seed of all my fancies
Bursts in a shower of suns! The wine-cup brims
And bubbles over; I drink deep hymns
Of sorceries, of spells, of necromancies;
And all my spirit shudders; dew bedims
My sight -these girls and their alluring glances!
Their eyes that burn like dawn's lascivious lances
Walking all earth to love -to love! Life skims
The cream of joy. If God could see what man sees,
(Intoxicating Nellies, Mauds and Nances!)
I see Him leave the sapphrine expanses,
The choir serene and the celestial air
To swoon into their sacramental hair!

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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  • Colleen Courtney (5/18/2014 9:22:00 AM)

    A gorgeous write. Beautifully written. Am delightfully surprised at the poets vivid descriptiveness! (Report) Reply

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