TOPPLING HIS TOWER, day 12 of A Month with Yeats

 

It’s day 12 of Jane Dougherty’s A Month with Yeats where you are asked to be inspired and pen a poem based on a WB Yeats quote. Today’s quote from the poetry of W.B. Yeats is taken from ‘The Rose of the World’. ‘He made the world to be a grassy road before her wandering feet.’

Jane’s blog so you can follow read or join in is: https://janedougherty.wordpress.com/2017/11/12/29181/

My poem today is called TOPPLING HIS TOWER

 

What can I lay

by the feet of such beauty?

what can I offer

my love on this land?

A garden of roses,

omitting the thorns

with this golden ring

I hold in my hand.

But a garden of roses,

omitting the thorns

is barely enough

to garland your grace,

so I’ll pave you a path

in the finest fabric,

a velvet so sweet

to mirror your face.

So I’ll pave you a path

in the finest fabric,

a cloth of brocade

to comfort your cares,

a daylight distraction

to hold your attention

from rebels and riots

that aren’t our affairs.

A daylight distraction

to hold your attention

to paintings and poems

that hang by our side

in a tower I’ll build you

to keep out the cries

of a world lost to power

and drunk on its pride.

In a tower I’ll build you

to keep out the cries

and a lark then from

the meadow I’ll borrow

so she’ll sing of the stars

and the moon that is ours

and you’ll lay in my arms

as my love I’ll bestow.

But restless was her soul

on the call from outside,

her beauty diminished

by the sounds of their cries

and one day he lost her

where his paved path divided

and he cut down her roses

with tears in his eyes.

I gave her the finest,

the fairest and fancy,

I gave her the beating

heart of this man,

but she was bound to the call

of the lost and the lonely

which now I have become

and therein I see her plan.

 

All word and photographs by Damien B. Donnelly

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7 thoughts on “TOPPLING HIS TOWER, day 12 of A Month with Yeats

  1. Jane Dougherty

    Gratitude. If only she’d shown a bit of gratitude. Great poem, Damien, getting right to the heart of so many problems. Not everything is up for grabs.

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