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<p>The Avenue&#x27;s Literary Corner features poetry, personal essays, short stories and other creative works from local writers. </p>

The Avenue's Literary Corner features poetry, personal essays, short stories and other creative works from local writers.

O’ gilded lady of the golden snow

Your twinkling eyes jewels of the night

To the solar winds your love you need not throw

Through your body the cosmos flow

Through your limbs, this lustrous light

O’ gilded lady of the golden snow

Forget not the Hunter, who bows his head low

He bathes in your beauty, so brilliantly bright

To the solar winds your love you need not throw

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The trees of the Earth reach up and grow

For your warm embrace they’d take flight

O’ gilded lady of the golden snow

The bear, the lion, the scales, Virgo

They all back you with all their might

To the solar winds your love you need not throw

But still it seems you do not know

All of the beings that swoon at your sight

O’ gilded lady of the golden snow

To the solar winds your love you need not throw

Personal Meaning: This is a poem I wrote late at night, while I was looking at the stars. I really wanted to personify the stars; they seemed to be especially bright that night because a street lamp was out. I did a bit of research, and I wrote this villanelle about Virgo, the constellation, and based it off of one of her origin stories, in which she hangs herself after her father is killed by his drunken shepherds. I wanted it to be a message to her, explaining why she shouldn’t throw her love away, but I also wanted it to coincide with her astrological sign, as well as how beautiful the stars were that night. I wanted it to seem like she was the center of the universe, and so the imagery I provided and the bright words contrast with the setting of dark space to really give her that otherworldly, almost mystical feeling, while still keeping the poems meaning intact.

This piece was submitted to the Avenue's Literary Corner. The section features poems, personal essays, short stories and other creative works from local writers.

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Darwin Tortorella

Currently a first-year English student at UF, Darwin spends a lot of time writing poems about the world around me, and she plans on writing a collection in the near future. She also really like cats, and she hopes to soon rescue one.


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