Harley White


Ceremony in the Air


What is the fabric of this vision, this ceremony in the air—
Each cloud-capped column and temple solemn arising like a prayer? !

What is the fabric of this vision, this ceremony in the air—
A Treasure Tower of splendid power bejeweled everywhere? !

Music of the spheres resounds, as you see
Flowers from the heavens fall!
The great globe itself is lapis lazuli,
And the rustling winds are virtues all!

What is the fabric of this vision, this ceremony in the air— beyond compare? !

We are such stuff as dreams are made on!
This is the stage that life is played on!

May I fathom the fabric of this vision deep,
Before my life is rounded with a sleep!

Submitted: Monday, September 30, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, October 02, 2013

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Song Lyric, from: One Two Three a Trilogy – Three – “The Wild Swans” – a rendering in musical theater by Harley White – based on the Fairy Tale by Hans Christian Andersen (1805—1875)

(Sung by Elyse, Fata Morgana, and the Chorus of Enlightened Beings, who are heard but not visible. This scene is named after the “Ceremony in the Air” in the “Lotus Sutra” of Shakyamuni Buddha, a.k.a. Gautama Siddhartha, in the Eleventh Chapter of which a fantastic, enormous, bejeweled Treasure Tower arises from the earth and suspends itself in midair. Its size is described as equaling half that of our planet. A Fata Morgana is a mirage which has been described as a ‘glorious vision… with more than a thousand giant pilasters… which then bent into arcades… and innumerable castles which then divided into towers, and shortly afterward into magnificent colonnades…’)

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