“Nature has her proper interest, and he will know what it is who believes and feels that everything has a life of its own, and that we are all ONE LIFE.”
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge
excerpt from a letter to William Sotheby, September 10th, 1802
by Christina Rossetti
Ten years ago it seemed impossible
That she should ever grow as calm as this,
With self-remembrance in her warmest kiss
And dim dried eyes like an exhausted well.
Slow-speaking when she has some fact to tell,
Silent with long unbroken silences,
Centred in self yet not...