"I Will Arise and Go Now"


I spoke with Grammy tonight on the phone. She is not doing well. Sadly, her health has not improved at all since I left North Carolina.

I thought today might be similar to yesterday in that a few words from an old favorite poem might make it better. Although my thoughts are about a lake called Norman, not a lake called Innisfree, Yeats words and my feelings are the same –



And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;
There midnight’s all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
And evening full of the linnet’s wings.



“I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake waters lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey,
I hear it in the deep heart’s core.”

** For an added treat, you can hear the poet himself, William Butler Yeats, reading his poem.(Thanks to Abby for the link!)

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