Wednesday, July 1, 2009

He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven

Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

- William Butler Yeats

(I've been reading a lot of poetry lately - can you tell? I have this feeling I've posted this poem to the blog before, but I've been thinking about it again, so... The photo is another wedding trip one, also from our first morning in Hawaii.)


TesoriTrovati said...

"Tread softly because you tread on my dreams." Mmmmmm...that is the most delicious verse! I have been feeling a need to delve into poetry. Thank you for sharing a very personal glimpse into your world Melissa! I love this poem. And how fabulous to find yourself awake in paradise! Enjoy the day! Erin

Cynthia Thornton said...

Yeats is one of my all time favorites! The Stolen Child and The Mermaid are particular favorites, here's the mermaid one for those that haven't read it:

A mermaid found a swimming lad,
Picked him for her own,
Pressed her body to his body,
Laughed; and plunging down
Forgot in cruel happiness
That even lovers drown.

I put 'even lovers drown' on the back of a mermaid pendant some 12 years ago and it was not a hit. Folks would be like 'damn, that's morbid!' and I'd try to explain the poem and my interpretation of what it means, but I'd fall short and the person would just stare at me. Anyway, I still love it! Have a great day!

Melissa J. Lee said...

Thanks, Erin!

Melissa J. Lee said...

Cynthia, "even lovers drown" - I love it! That is new to me. Thank you for sharing!