This is one my favorite poems, by W.B Yeats. I don’t have much to say about it, except that I have always enjoyed it. Like all good poems, it can be reread again and again and always seem new. It has a sort of lyrical melancholy that appeals to me. I think all good love poems should have at least a little of that.
DOWN by the salley gardens my love and I did meet;
She passed the salley gardens with little snow-white feet.
She bid me take love easy, as the leaves grow on the tree;
But I, being young and foolish, with her would not agree.
In a field by the river my love and I did stand,
And on my leaning shoulder she laid her snow-white hand.
She bid me take life easy, as the grass grows on the weirs;
But I was young and foolish, and now am full of tears.
Thag Jones said:
I always liked this simple little love poem by W.B. Yeats….
A Drinking Song
Wine comes in at the mouth
And love comes in at the eye;
That’s all we shall know for truth
Before we grow old and die.
I lift the glass to my mouth,
I look at you, and I sigh.
Yes, both good poems.. I really do love poetry..
Here is a fav of mine. THE HILL
by: Rupert Brooke (1887-1915) a brooding and exceedingly handsome man.. sigh..
BREATHLESS, we flung us on the windy hill,
Laughed in the sun, and kissed the lovely grass.
You said “Through glory and ecstasy we pass;
Wind, sun, and earth remain, and birds sing still,
When we are old, are old….” “And when we die
All’s over that is ours; and life burns on
Through other lovers, other lips” said I,
“Heart of my heart, our heaven is now, is won!”
We are Earth’s best, that learnt her lesson here.
Life is our cry. We have kept the faith!” we said;
“We shall go down with unreluctant tread
Rose-crowned into the darkness!”…. Proud we were,
And laughed, that had such brave true things to say.
— And then you suddenly cried, and turned away.
Racer X said:
Thag and Kathy,
Yeah, those are two nice poems! Thanks.
Do you know the Britten setting of the song– it’s exquisite!
Racer X said:
No, but I will be sure to check it out in some way…thanks!