A Month with Yeats: Day Twelve

Today’s quote from the poetry of W.B. Yeats is taken from ‘The Rose of the World’.


‘He made the world to be a grassy road

Before her wandering feet.’


The World of the Rose

Banish the armies harvesting blood,

The rules of the market that grind lives to dust,

The spillage and wastage, the plastic plague,

And stop your ears to the false litanies

That say, what a shame, but this is free will,

A gift from above, to plunder and kill.

Strip back the carnage and the dull, dead eyes,

Find the green beneath, the rushing stream,

The beating heart within the concrete shell,

The reason the blackbird in the roses sings.

Would not a god, true man, worth his salt,

Have made this earth for his love, from a dream,

And not given such a bauble

Into the hands of the rabble?


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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

49 thoughts on “A Month with Yeats: Day Twelve”

      1. Thanks Sarah 🙂 It’s a logic I don’t understand—God creates the world for us, lets us do what we like (after, of course throwing a wobbly because Eve ate one poxy apple), watches us destroy it and ourselves, and does nothing. Not even a short guest appearance to give us fair warning. What kind of a stupid god is that?

      2. I tried to be romantic but not sure I measured up to it. The photo of the rose in my poem is from my backyard, first bloom of a new rose bush.

      3. Except drinking diet Coke occasionally, I do not have any use for artificial sweeteners in life. I like the real deal but need to stay away as much as I can to ensure that I do not make the doctors(and pharmaceutical industries) rich.

      1. God spent far longer being amused by the antics of the godless dinosaurs than he has spent watching us destroy everything. One has to deduce from that he didn’t actually create the world for us, we just happened.

      2. I’ve just been reading about the different kinds of Creationists, and there are some really wacky theories out there. The one I like best is that the earth really is only a few thousand years old, but God created it with ready made fossils to make it look as though it was billions of years old.

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