Two Songs–Proteus and Ariel



Proteus by the sea

Dissembles prophesy

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By changing to words

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The reckless goatherds

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Carousing joyously,

       Shouting, “Proteus by the sea!

       Proteus by the sea!”


Protean diversity

Allows a nation to see

In its multiple kinds

Of peoples those binds

That strengthen its unity,


       Shouting, “Proteus by the sea!

       Proteus by the sea!”


Whether lion or snake he be,

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Whether water or tree she be,


When both merge together


They transform each other


To pure androgyny,

       Shouting, “Proteus by the sea!

       Proteus by the sea!”

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“The depths of Okeanos”  How the god ocean filled in the blank between land and sea.       Click for Essay by James Romm.


Ariel  — Song

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Relinquish the magic cloak and lay

       The wand aside,


Colonial Master, so that I may

       In wood reside.

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Slaughtered on shore, my spirit astray

       Like fireflies glides


Crooked paths and raging spray

       A tempest rides.

Having you to love and obey

       Freed me to evolve.

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Take your power over me away

      And let me dissolve.

[August 2013]

Dr. Mike





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