A Month with Yeats : Day Twenty-Two

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.


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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.

36 thoughts on “A Month with Yeats : Day Twenty-Two”

  1. 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?

      1. 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 🙂

      2. 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!

      3. 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.

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