Phoenix: D H Lawrence

Kano_Tan'yu_-_Phoenixes_by_Paulownia_Trees_-_Google_Art_Project

Are you willing to be sponged out, erased, cancelled,
made nothing?
Are you willing to be made nothing?
dipped into oblivion?

If not, you will never really change.

The phoenix renews her youth
only when she is burnt, burnt alive, burnt down
to hot and flocculent ash.
Then the small stirring of a new small bub in the nest
with strands of down like floating ash
shows that she is renewing her youth like the eagle,
immortal bird.

D H Lawrence

Phoenix
The image, via Wikimedia, is Artist: Kano Tan’yu (1602 – 1674) (Japan)
Title: 日本語: 桐鳳凰図屏風 English: Phoenixes by Paulownia Trees
Edo period (17th century)
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About layanglicana

Author of books on Calcutta, Delhi and Dar es Salaam, I am now blogging as a lay person about the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. I am also blogging about the effects of World War One on the village of St Mary Bourne, Hampshire.
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