Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Sunday mini-challenge, a little late

W.B. Yeats in 1911
Wikipedia photo by
George Charles Beresford

At the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads, Kerry presented members and followers with a special challenge on Sunday, but we were traveling and couldn't get a good satellite signal, so I didn't see it until Monday. Meanwhile, I had written something for Open Link Monday, so I posted that.

A little disordered, a little vague, and a little late...ah, well, c'est moi.

Kerry used eight of my favorite lines of poetry, by the great Irish poet William Butler Yeats, as an example for us, and I simply must try to respond.

Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with gold and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

by William Butler Yeats
The syllable count, says Kerry, is 9,8,9,8, 9,10,9,10, and the poet used word-repetition with occasional in-line rhymes to create his beautiful poem.
But I, being an inferior poet, have only my dreams. Write like W.B. Yeats? In your dreams, Davies, in your dreams!

Were I the writer I wished to be,
With readers, admirers, mine,
With editors, publishers, 'twould be
So fine, all mine, and not half mine...
I would have all these words in a book.
But I, being old, have only my blog.
I have placed my blog here on the 'net...
Comment kindly if you comment on my blog.
 Kay L. Davies, November, 2012


Sherry Blue Sky said...

O!M!G! Kay, this is brilliant! You aced the form and sound exactly like Yeats! Love the "But I, being old, have only my blog......comment kindly". LOVE! IT!

Kerry O'Connor said...


This is excellent, Kay. The lament of the modern writer never looked so elegantly Yeatsean before.

Bodhirose said...

Haha..I love this...wonderful job. This was a fun one to do and to read of others.

aprille said...

'Yeats' is your middle name :-)
You did it! And such a good topic for the form.

Anonymous said...

This is just terrific. A lot of fun. Very well done. k.

Grace said...

Great job Kay ~

Of course, I always leave a comment..he..he... ~