The Lilt and the Loveliness

The lilt and the loveliness then up-surged

Though they long-chained were forced to be

Bright joys untrammelled re-emerged

And lit the heart and set her free

To giggle unreservedly


A blissful throng of friends long-gone

Descended and encircled round

And she, uplifted, joined the dance

Enchanted by their bubbling sound

With feet that left the ground


No past, no present, no regrets

No condemnation of her ways

They wrapped her in a golden cloak

And loosed her self-inflicted stays

To promise brighter days


And, borne along on joyful tide

She knew a wholeness long-obscured

She felt once more a golden child

Of all her ills and sadness cured

Her happiness assured


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