Yeats #14

‘That you, in the dim coming times,
May know how my heart went with them
After the red-rose-bordered hem.’ —W.B. Yeats

And afterwards, all he could say

was that her hem swirled as she walked

and that swirl swept his heart away,

and he shrugged as he talked,

helplessly in the grip of something

he couldn’t account for, except

that his heart was set dancing

by the swirl of her skirt as she left,

and his dancing heart had to follow

the path that she took, even though

she led him by hill and by hollow,

and where wild streams flow,

and she led him by day and by night,

where the birds fly high,

and she led him in the moonlight

to where the rivers die

in the great white roaring ocean,

and the  fierce gulls whirl and scream,

and she left him alone on the naked strand,

a man who had followed a dream.

 

Another day, another Yeats quote from Jane Dougherty. 

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