Sunday, March 2, 2008

When You Are Old

When you are old and grey and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;
How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim Soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face;
And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.

William Butler Yeats

6 comments:

  1. That piece is almost surreal, isn't it?

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  2. Oooh, that brought back some good memories.

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  3. This is one of my favourite poems and I remember when studying it in the late '50's; wondering what it would be like to be old and gray. Finding it here was like chancing upon an old friend.

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  4. All three of your comments really made my day. I visited all three of your blogs and, as different as they are, each was a pleasure.

    me and my camera: your photos are so beautiful...you really have a gift for capturing nature's most intimate moments.

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  5. Billy The Butler really had it goin' on.

    I love that dude.

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