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Leaves of Grass
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  • 2 Whoever you are! motion and reflection are especially for you, The divine ship sails the divine sea for you.
  • O troubled reflection in the sea!

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  • To her children the words of the eloquent dumb great mother never fail, The true words do not fail, for motion does not fail and reflection does not fall, Also the day and night do not fall, and the voyage we pursue does not fall.
  • …high in the air floating with motionless wings, oscillating their bodies, Saw how the glistening yellow lit up parts of their bodies and left the rest in strong shadow, Saw the slow-wheeling circles and the gradual edging toward the south, Saw the reflection of the summer sky in the water, Had my eyes dazzled by the shimmering track of beams, Look’d at the fine centrifugal spokes of light round the shape of my head in the sunlit water, Look’d on the haze on the hills southward and…
  • Illustrious what we name space, sphere of unnumber’d spirits, Illustrious the mystery of motion in all beings, even the tiniest insect, Illustrious the attribute of speech, the senses, the body, Illustrious the passing light—illustrious the pale reflection on the new moon in the western sky, Illustrious whatever I see or hear or touch, to the last.

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as in: my reflection in the mirror Define
an image (seen on a mirror or other shiny surface)
as in: lit by the reflection Define
light seen after it bounces off a surface to another; or the process of bouncing light, sound, or other energy off of a surface
as in: is a reflection of American values Define
representation, demonstration, or expression
as in: After reflection, I think... Define
careful thought -- sometimes concerning memories
as in: share my reflections about it Define
thoughts or memories
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