the nest of a bird of prey, as an eagle or a hawk; A lofty nest of any large bird; A house, fortress, or the like, located high on a hill or mountain.

to intentionally cause an end to another’s existence in violent and abrupt fashion

I have made it my specialty, Beast, to thwart the magic of this particular man. I have grown since our last meeting; he only wallows in the depths of his few filthy skills. She stopped, and her eyes grew sad. I am afraid I cannot erase the beast from you, however. I cannot make you the girl you were. These things cannot be undone, once they have gone so far. In the old days it could be done, and easily, by any of my mothers before me. But much has happened. I cannot rejoin you to the tribe of maidens. But I can welcome you into the tribe of monsters. You will live; you will be rescued.

Catherynne M Valente, The Orphan’s Tales, In the Night Garden

And when two such people encounter each other, and their eyes meet, the past and the future become unimportant. There is only that moment, and the incredible certainty that everything under the sun has been written by one hand only. It is the hand that evokes love, and creates a twin soul for every person in the world. Without such love, one’s dreams would have no meaning.
Paulo Coehlo, The Alchemist

good fortune or lucky intervention, as if such an outcome was influenced by divine influence; the manifesting of divine guardianship in a particular instance

Her soul was already in flames.
Margaret Atwood, The Testaments, released c. September 2019

that which is simply not natural; altered by forces that are not understood fully if at all

The sea seduced me,
Isidoros, tr. by Edwin Morgan, The Greek Antholohy and Other Ancient Epigrams

an insubstantial form or semblance of something; a representation or image of something else

How amazing it is to find someone who wants to hear about all the things that go on in your head.
Nina LaCour, Hold Still

I have the tongue of some endangered animal. No one can understand me / anymore
Tommye Blount, ‘The Tongue’, in Poetry

Now my wishes are down to two: / Staying alive. And wanting to.
Traci Brimhall, from “Dear Thanatos,” Come the Slumberless To the Land of Nod

A shifting series of phantasms, illusions, or deceptive appearances, as in a dream or as created by the imagination. A changing scene made up of many elements. An optical illusion produced by a magic lantern or the like in which figures increase or diminish in size, pass into each other, dissolve, etc

the state of being insubstantial or imaginary; not existing objectively or in fact

out of the ordinary, of some unnatural origin not found in this plane of

your heart a hidden lake and the souls of a thousand ancient trees resting beneath your skin.
Nikita Gill, Your Soul is a River; Forest Set Aflame

of blue skies that are clear and free of clouds

I dissolve into my other selves.
Margaret Atwood, The Tent, originally published c. February 2006

It’s difficult to live near the sea. It overwhelms. Well, not true. It owns. Your small life is nothing to it.
A Map to The Door of No Return by Dionne Brand

in a mild, careful manner; through careful gestures with gentleness

I wanted the world I was a part of to be the kind of entity I could verify, and to verify your world you needed to be able to bend down and pick anything up. It couldn’t sometimes be there and sometimes not be.
Calamities by Renee Gladman

inhabiting the deeper parts of the ocean; (of an animal) completing its life cycle in the ocean depths

I have been vicious but my soul is pure.
Dean Young, ‘The New Optimism’

Golden or gilded; Brilliant and splendid in appearance