Nox Oculis

John Charles Earle

Bodily Extension

    The body is not bounded by its skin ;
    Its effluence, like a gentle cloud of scent,
    Is wide into the air diffused, and, blent
    With elements unseen, its way doth win
    To ether frontiers, where take origin
    Far subtler systems, nobler regions meant
    To be the area and the instrument
    Of operations ever to begin
    Anew and never end. Thus every man
    Wears as his robe the garment of the sky --
    So close his union with the cosmic plan,
    So perfectly he pierces low and high --
    Reaching as far in space as creature can,
    And co-extending with immensity.

    John Charles Earle

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