Be Secret and Exult

It is National Poetry Month here in the US, so I thought I would offer one from my favorites:

To a Friend Whose Work Has Come to Nothing

By William Butler Yeats

Now all the truth is out,
Be secret and take defeat
From any brazen throat,
For how can you compete,
Being honor bred, with one
Who were it proved he lies
Were neither shamed in his own
Nor in his neighbors' eyes;
Bred to a harder thing
Than Triumph, turn away
And like a laughing string
Whereon mad fingers play
Amid a place of stone,
Be secret and exult,
Because of all things known
That is most difficult.

 

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Ephemera

When I am tired but caught up in the day, sometimes I turn to Emerson, sometimes to Yeats. This is the page I turned to today: 

 

"Ah, do not mourn," he said,

"That we are tired, for other loves await us

Hate on and love through unrepining hours.

Before us lies eternity; our souls 

Are love, and a continual farewell."

 

W. B Yeats

Ephemera

1889

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Limerick (on St. Patrick's Day)

There once was a poet from Eire

Who wrote phrases like “widening gyre”

Till he got very old

And his verse could unfold

And his heart lying down flew much higher.

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