The Spirit of Ecstasy

The dream you wanted
to know, to be, or
be close to and live.

Silver lady, secret love
goddess in fluttering robes
leaning forward
with arms outstretched
behind you–
ready to soar
and risk passion
glory and liberty
like no woman before.

O, the unlimited possibilities
of beauty, flow, and flight!
Spirit of ecstasy–
the sublime invitation
and consummation
devoutly to be wished
by enthusiasts all.

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Note: The Spirit of Ecstasy was the hood mascot-figurine for Rolls-Royce. The image was based on a secret love affair between Eleanor Thornton and Lord Montagu of Beaulieu. Sculptor-mutual friend, Charles Sykes originally designed “The Whisperer” ornament which featured a goddess pressing her finger to her lips, symbolizing the secrecy of the affair. The most famous version of the ornament, though, is the one with the goddess’s arms flung backwards.

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