Why Nightingales Sing

” In Araby, they say that once upon time, all roses were white. “

“One evening, beneath a waning moon, a nightingale alighted by such a rose “

” and when he saw her, he fell in love “

” until that time, no nightingale had been heard to sing “

” a song of wondrous beauty burst from his throat “

” and he throw his wings around her in a passionate embrace “

” clasping the rose to his breast “

” with such wild passion that the thorns pierced his heart “

” the nightingale’s blood stained the rose’s white petals red “

this excerpt is from The Religion, by Tim Wilcox, when Tannhäuser meets the mysterious Amparo


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