A Month with Yeats: Day Fifteen

We are half-way through our month with the poetry of W.B. Yeats, and so many good poems have come out of it so far!

Today’s quote is from the ‘The Rose of Battle’.

‘You, too, have come where the dim tides are hurled
Upon the wharves of sorrow, and heard ring
The bell that calls us on; the sweet far thing.’ โ€”W.B. Yeats

 

Listening for night music

It is dark in this place though the sun shines,

Bleak as a harrowed and harrowing sea,

We watch for the glimmer of moonlight,

For the false daylight glitter we flee.

The shadows too sharp in the morning,

Too flat with no depth, let us roam

In the twilight of dusk and of dawning,

With the furtive folk hurrying home.

We watch for the kindness of darkness,

Listen for that far, singing phrase

Of the music the fair ones are making,

And will make to the end of our days.

 

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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.

42 thoughts on “A Month with Yeats: Day Fifteen”

  1. “It is dark in this place though the sun shines,” – can relate to this very well. This was the theme of one of my recent poem.
    Did the dear sang to you through the window. Your poem is musical.

    1. Autocorrect is so ignorant. My son sent me a message yesterday asking about an apple tree in the garden, and autocorrect has changed it to ‘app for a tree’โ€”app being a more obvious word than apple!

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  3. So beautiful Jane ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‰ I think “Of the music the fair ones are making,
    And will make to the end of our days.
    Is a beautiful end to your poem ๐Ÿ’œ

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