Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Horseman pass by


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Under the shadows of Benbulben
The Balloon of the Mind
Hands, do what you’re bid,
Bring the balloon of the mind
That bellies and drags
In the wind,
Into its narrow shed.
Wm. B. Yeats 



2 glasses of wine
Source: wine as medicine
A Drinking Song
Wine comes in at the mouth
And Love comes in at the eyes.
That’s all we shall know for truth
Before we grow old and die.
I lift my glass to my mouth,

I look at you and I sigh.
Wm. B. Yeats
                                                               
William B. Yeats—always a favorite of mine.  This is a re-post of October 30, 2013.


26 comments:

  1. Mmm... wine is good. Makes me sleepy, though.

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    1. When one is feeling relaxed and guards are down, I believe you are correct.

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  3. That horseman will stop for us all some day.

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  4. I've never read any of Yeats. It's the type of poetry that I mostly didn't used to understand.

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    1. It has its own cadence and balance.

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  5. What a neat tombstone setting of Yeats. I like that. I used to read a lot of Yeats" pithy poems when I was young. My Mother quoted him a lot.

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    1. We walked through the church and cemetery, then stood at Yeats' grave. Didn't know much of his poetry then, but now appreciate it very much.

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  6. A little drink sure can chase away the think and just be, two full of glee.

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    1. Memories from the days when I drank wine confirm you.

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  7. A little wine before the horseman comes for us.....

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    1. Was it St. Paul who wrote "Take a little wine for your stomach's sake"?

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  8. Like River, I haven't read a lot of Yeats, so thank you for sharing these.

    All the best Jan

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    1. When I first posted these poems back in 2013 it was very possibly a Yeats Day.

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  10. I really like the second one. Hope it's a happy sigh.

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    1. That is left vague, isn't it? I agree with you.

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  11. Drink, rejoice and be thankful today is a good day I say, We are Klingons! Quapla!

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    1. And as Worf always said, "It's a good day to die!"

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  12. I do love W.B. Yeats. I have a photo of myself next to his grave. I may or may not have brought home a stone from it ;)

    Cheers,
    Jen

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    1. Standing there, knowing his life, writing and history, is quite a goosebump experience.

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  13. It's wonderful to find joy in a man's words. I'm here to wish you a Happy Mother's Day. :)

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