Wow. It’s been so long since I’ve posted here, I was automatically logged out and had to go dig up my password. I’ve been seriously tied up with other stuff and have let the blog languish–but I see my Instagram stories are still posting down there on the right, so there’s that.
Anyway, a friend of mine has been facing a challenge this week, and she memorized a poem in anticipation because she needed to store up some words. I told her I’d memorize it, too, and I did this past weekend. (I still can’t believe I memorized a whole poem in a weekend.) There’s this thing about poetry–it connects us. And I hoped memorizing and repeating this poem would be one way I could walk with my friend even though we are 1000 miles apart.
The more I read through and read aloud this poem, the more I sense its peace and tranquillity. I can almost hear the sounds of the bees and the rhythm of the waves.
The Lake Isle of Innisfree by William Butler Yeats
I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made;
Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee,
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.
And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;
There midnight’s all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
And evening full of the linnet’s wings.
I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements greay,
I hear it in the deep heart’s core.
Have you memorized any poems lately?