John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton
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Poet's Corner: When You Are Old

When You are Old

When you are old and grey and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;

How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face;

And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.

William Butler Yeats (1865 – 1939)

I chose this poem in honor of my new poetry icon, which is a drawing of Yeats by the inimitable Kate Beaton, taken from this here comic about the poet and his infatuation with Maud Gonne. Coincidentally, today is the 144th anniversary of Yeats' birth. Ooh, serendipitous!

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