Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Sudden Light

While on our weekend getaway at the place we stayed for the night...there is a lovely tranquil meadow we look out upon.  The light in the sky as the day shifts from midday to late afternoon, the peacefulness of the sheep as they grazed....all so simple and quiet.  

This poem for you to mull...and those who may know of Rossetti's poems...I chose the other version of the last stanza...

                    Sudden Light

          I have been here before,
              But when or how I cannot tell:
          I know the grass beyond the door,
              The sweet keen smell,
    The sighing sound, the lights around the shore. 

          You have been mine before,—
              How long ago I may not know:
          But just when at that swallow's soar
              Your neck turned so,
    Some veil did fall,—I knew it all of yore. 

Then, now,—perchance again! . . . .
              O round mine eyes your tresses shake!
          Shall we not lie as we have lain
              Thus for Love's sake,
    And sleep, and wake, yet never break the chain? 
Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882)


Elizabeth said...

Beautiful -- the header, your words, the poem. Thank you for the moment of stillness and peace.

Ellen said...

Elizabeth...I love poetry. I like that it makes you slow down and read the phrasing...feel it. Take it in.


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