Internet has flickered on so here is today’s quote from ‘He Hears the Cry of the Sedge’.
‘I wander by the edge
Of this desolate lake
Where wind cries in the sedge:’ —W.B. Yeats
By the shallow waters of the lake
There is more beauty in this empty land,
Than in the city full of garish light,
And the noise of lives lived with ferocious joy,
The eternal hum and drone of never night.
I wade the shallow waters of the lake,
Hear ancient voices sigh in wind-bent sedge,
Where birds whose hearts are older far than we,
Fear not to balance on the world’s dim edge,
Where blue and gold lights, dawn and evening blend,
Where sorrow fades and all things have an end.
36 thoughts on “A Month with Yeats : Day Twenty-Two”
Bleak quote for a bleak day.
Fear not to balance on the world’s dim edge
Lovely line. Love your sonne (almost a sonnet?)
Thanks Sarah. Truncated off subject sonnet maybe 🙂
Where sorrow fades and all things have a end, what a last time! Brilliant!
I try to soften endings. There has to be something positive.
My internet has been gone again for two weeks, now changed internet provider and they can’t come to connect till 4th December! And that’s only to connect exterior, another week after that till they bring the box indoors! Do I really live in a so called City?
Who are you with? I can’t believe you’re having so much trouble!
Trouble only started! Got home tonight to a burgled apartment! Enough crap now! I need a new year!
No, Damien, that’s awful. Take care.
Thanks Sarah! The challenges of poetry are much more exciting than those of real life!!!
Oh no! I won’t ask for details. To be burgled at all must be a traumatic enough experience. I suppose you have the standard porte blindée? Not that they keep out a determined burglar. Courage! Sending soothing thoughts and a soothing poem for today 🙂
Thank your my dear. It’s more that someone was in my apartment, my personal space. The trashed the place- every door and cupboard opened and everything thrown out. They got my laptop an old iPhone and some little things! I nearly died as my novel was in the laptop and as I have had no Internet i had no way of saving to the cloud or Dropbox then I remembered I printed it out last week to do a final read over and i have that so there are things to be happier about! Thanks for the message- also thanks to Merril and Sarah!
Oh. That is so awful. It’s one of the things I dread—the laptop going. Whenever we go out, I take it with me! There’s so much on it. You are lucky to have printed it out, and when you re-type it, you’ll probably make more changes for the better.
Calm. Peaceful. Nice.
wind, sedge, waves, birds
I love the melancholy in this one. No angst today…just meandering. (It helps to be on holiday for a few days! 😊)
It shows! You should take holidays more often 🙂
I wish. 🙄
Busy day–just got to this. Beautiful poem, Jane, wistfully lovely.
Thanks! Have a busy but pleasant evening 🙂
Love it, Jane. Lyrical beauty, with alliterative rhyme and perfect rhythm. And Sabi worthy of Basho!
My humble offering:
Thank you! Must look up Sabi (blushes in ignorance).
I have complete confidence in you. 😉
have a lovely Thursday, Jane 🙂
Thank you! You too 🙂
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