A Month with Yeats: Day Fourteen

Today’s quote if from ‘To Ireland in the Coming Times’. I think the following lines have inspired a sonnet. I find this a hard form to write, but this one came without trying.

‘That you, in the dim coming times,
May know how my heart went with them
After the red-rose-bordered hem.’ โ€”W.B. Yeats


She justifies her chosen path


I have never done as much to lift the gloom,

As the robin singing in the hedge,

Nor shouted against the thin-lipped crowd,

From this place away from wave-beaten edge,

Louder than the dog that bays the moon.

I have watched them go, the children,

To fight their wars, nor held their hands,

And begged them think of the mothers,

Crying in all those distant lands.

When I leave, with empty hands and heart,

Show them, who look to lay the blame,

This rose, this unturned field, this place apart,

And tell them I followed the deerโ€™s quick grace,

And the dreams that have filled this quiet place.


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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.

53 thoughts on “A Month with Yeats: Day Fourteen”

  1. Wow, Jane, that is wonderful. I really struggle with sonnets – it’s so hard not to make the final couplet sound like a punchline – so I’m doubly imprssed that you make it look so effortless.

    1. I honestly wrote this poem, realised I’d ended up with fourteen lines, they rhymed (more or less) and it ended rather like a sonnet is supposed to end. Something was doing this, not sure how much of it was me ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Thanks! I’ve just got back into wordpress, was locked out all day. Finbar is fine apparently. Not only is he not ill, his tests show that he’s in exceptionally good health. Vet says he just doesn’t like the cold and has been feeling sorry for himself. What an actor!

  2. Jane, I stopped getting notification about month with yeats on my mobile WordPress app. I now have to specifically go and search under your name. It shows up in my pc though but I am not in my desk till late in the morning. Not sure what happened to the WP app. Did you put some rosy curse on my app๐Ÿ˜ข

    1. I’ve been struggling with WP all day. Bit by bit all the functions stopped working until I was locked out altogether. I’ve cleared the cookie thing and it’s all working again.

  3. I agree with the others that this sonnet seems effortless. Wow! I like that it is hopeful.
    I saw above that Finbar is fine. I didn’t want to ask, just in case. My younger daughter and I often talk about how weird our pets are (which we like)–sounds like Finbar would fit right in. ๐Ÿ™‚

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