The Legend of Lorelei


Truth be told, I’m a Gilmore Girls super fan.  The series, set in an idyllic New England town, is riddled with mother-daughter triumphs, fast-talking witty banter, and relationships issues that feel so real, it hurts.  And though the seven season series ended in 2007, it will reboot with four seasonally-themed episodes on Netflix, this Fall.  I cannot contain my excitement…but more on that later.

In my opinion, the main character, Lorelai Gilmore, has always possessed one of the world’s most lovely names.  I am so enamored with the name, in fact, that my youngest daughter, is her namesake. But the name is more than just a beautiful one.  It is a reminder to pay attention to the present and to stay true to your path. For the German Legend of Lorelei warns sailors of a beautiful siren, who if they became so enthralled with her, would cause their ships to crash upon a cliff along the Rhine River.

So as a new month is underway, I urge you to stay on course.  Ignore distractions, as captivating as they may be.  Your destiny is just on the horizon.

The Lorelei
Translated by A.Z. Foreman

I know not if there is a reason
Why I am so sad at heart.
A legend of bygone ages
Haunts me and will not depart.

The air is cool under nightfall.
The calm Rhine courses its way.
The peak of the mountain is sparkling
With evening’s final ray.

The fairest of maidens is sitting
Unwittingly wondrous up there,
Her golden jewels are shining,
She’s combing her golden hair.

The comb she holds is golden,
She sings a song as well
Whose melody binds an enthralling
And overpowering spell.

In his little boat, the boatman
Is seized with a savage woe,
He’d rather look up at the mountain
Than down at the rocks below.

I think that the waves will devour
The boatman and boat as one;
And this by her song’s sheer power
Fair Lorelei has done.

~Think on These Things~



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