Charles van Lerberghe


Gaze Into Our Depths: We Are The Emerald - Poem by Charles van Lerberghe

Gaze into our depths: we are the Emerald,
Everlasting and leafy, like the soul of the oceans,
Where perfumes roam through the warm night,
And flows the wave of the great angels of the wind.

We are the enormous and murmurous forest,
Overflowing with dazzled shadows and sombre splendour,
Breathing and living, where a thousand golden birds sing,
Where the peaks burst into a foam of flowers.

Ever since the original breath and the first dawn,
With ceaseless striving and endless desire,
Together we climb from the entrails of the earth
Toward that wondrous treasure you alone have reached.

Together, we its voice, we its deep soul,
Within this vast foliage, turned green ever more,
We have dreamed all of the dreams on earth
And have grown old on the shores of the sun.

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, August 7, 2012



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