Poetry Feature: W. B. Yeats

poetry 1I’ve never understood poetry very well, nor been able to write it. Recently however, I’ve been pushing myself to read more and more of it and to explore great past poets who contributed to the beauty and richness of poetic literature. And so, darling readers, you’re coming with me! This will be a new section of the blog where I highlight poems that touched me, and that I think will touch you too. Let’s revel in the beauty and mystery together, shall we?

xo. Brie

A Man Young And Old: I. First Love

Though nurtured like the sailing moon
In beauty’s murderous brood,
She walked awhile and blushed awhile
And on my pathway stood
Until I thought her body bore
A heart of flesh and blood.

But since I laid a hand thereon
And found a heart of stone
I have attempted many things
And not a thing is done,
For every hand is lunatic
That travels on the moon.

She smiled and that transfigured me
And left me but a lout,
Maundering here, and maundering there,
Emptier of thought
Than the heavenly circuit of its stars
When the moon sails out.

Like the moon her kindness is,
If kindness I may call
What no comprehension in’t,
But is the same for all
As though my sorrow were a scene
Upon a pointed wall

So like a bit of stone I lie,
Under a broken tree
I could recover if I shreiked
My heart’s agony
To passing bird, but I am dumb
From human dignity

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

– William Butler Yeats

Beauty in the little things

hydrangeas_psIf I had a flower for every time I thought of you…I could walk through my garden forever.
– Alfred Tennyson

Sometimes you need fresh flowers. It doesn’t really matter what kind, and it doesn’t really matter where you get them or who you get them from. All girls should get flowers from time to time. There’s something about holding a fresh bouquet that makes you feel lovely and alive and free.

Go find some flowers and you’ll see what I mean.

xo. Brie

The bare necessities

laundry_psBeing a grown-up is hard. The perks are great of course, but the day to day things are a bit…boring. Like laundry. At Bungalow, we don’t have a washer and dryer in our unit, so we use the laundry facilities on premises. It’s not a big deal really, but apparently it’s enough to make me put off doing laundry for three weeks. Ouch. I really wouldn’t recommend this route, although on the plus side, you get very creative with the outfits you wear. But, I’m trying to look at the beauty in the little things. So, laundry, I’m going to see you as beautiful. Someday. Maybe. Baby steps…

xo. Brie.