All in azure today

by Vladimir Solovyov

English version by Ivan M. Granger
Original Language Russian

All in azure today
was my queen -- here, before me, --
My heart hammered with sweet delight,
and in rising streams
my soul was lit with silent light.
But in the distance, burning down,
the fierce earth fire smoked from the ground.

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Commentary by Ivan M. Granger

This short poem was composed by Solovyov in Cairo in November, 1875, apparently on the very same day ("today... here, before me") as his transformative mystical encounter with Sophia ("my queen").

Savor these words -- they are the brief, breathless first impressions in the giddy aftermath of mystical initiation and transformation.



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