Shadorma November: Balance

For Eliot’s November challenge


One day soon,

I will find the point

of balance,

the place where

nothing hurts, and only peace

falls from the tall trees.


A Month with Yeats: Day Twenty-Three

Today’s quote is from ‘He Wishes His Beloved Were Dead’.

‘…your hair was bound and wound

About the stars and moon and sun:’—W.B. Yeats


Growing Old


No matter how old we grow, how deep the furrows

Carved in the delicate lines of once-soft skin,

How thin the hair and threaded through with age,

Hoar-frosted strands and the dull ache of joints,

No matter how many miles between your fingers’ touch

And the whispered breath that lifts the hair above my ear,

You are here, bound to me with the strings of my heart,

With the gold and the bright, laughing green shoots of spring.

Could this be?

Rapid fire posting here while I have an internet connection. For the dverse prompt.


Could this ever have been me,

the crouching, curled about myself, in the never-quite-warm?

Did I ever sniff night air and curl deeper into the ground,

the cave, the nest, the hollow tree, finding comfort in the insect-busy earth?

Beyond, in the twitching, shifting half-light, half-shadow, is life,

for those who never shake the touch of death from fur or feather.

What do I ever feel but faded, sifted echoes of the life the sun gives?

I tread and and I tramp with shop-bought boots, the frosty grass.

And though I peer into the branches overhead,

where the watchful hawk sits and the mist hangs in tatters,

no cries fall that I can hear,

no lesson learned from the leafless limbs.

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.