What poem speaks to you?

As with the author of this post, many poems speak to me. However, among my favourite poems is Ernest Christopher Dowson’s “They Are Not Long” which runs thus”:
“They are not long, the weeping and the laughter,
   Love and desire and hate:
I think they have no portion in us after
   We pass the gate.

They are not long, the days of wine and roses:
    Out of a misty dream
Our path emerges for a while, then closes
   Within a dream”.

My thoughts on a page.

What is your favourite poem? When someone asks me that it’s a bit like asking me which one of my children I love the most…it changes every day (joke!).

In case you missed it World Poetry Day was Tuesday. I know poetry is not for everyone, but I find a comfort and pleasure in it I could never get from a book. In times of sadness certain poems salve my soul or give me the words a broken heart cannot express. The same is true for Love, happiness, friendship and parenthood.

I have many poetry books but my go to book is Daisy Goodwin’s ‘Poems To Last A Lifetime’. It’s a compilation of poetry covering life from birth to adolescence, first love, marriage, everlasting love, divorce and death, beautifully illustrated and edited. There is a poem for everyone in there and many I’d never heard of.

So tonight I’d like…

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2 thoughts on “What poem speaks to you?

    1. drewdog2060drewdog2060 Post author

      Thank you for your comment. I will be interested to learn what your favourite poem is, but will understand if, on reflection you cant decide upon one. I must confess to smiling when I read books with titles such as “100 favourite poems”, as I wonder what criteria has been utilised to make such a determination. Kiplings’s “If” was once voted the UK’s favourite poem. While I enjoy much of Kipling’s poetry I certainly wouldn’t pick “If” as being his best poem. “Recessional” is, in my view a far better poem. Virus-free. http://www.avast.com


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