Sonnet V The Phoenix Burn on, burn on! Legendary bird of flame! Reborn again from the dust of your death To rise above the fire of lust and shame And here, return in flesh with fresh, clear breath, Shimmering wings spread wide in youthful glow And those bright, twinkling adolescent eyes. The pride of fledgling joy you wish to show To all before your wonder fades and dies In the bright flash of fire storms cyclonic That consumes your body, returned to dust, And rekindles your soul, embryonic, To new life that stands bold, strong and robust: The glorious form of Phoenix a pyre, Cradled in ashes, encircled by fire.
W. H. Auden, American-English Poet, was born today in 1907.
Malcolm X, African-American Muslim minister and human rights activist.