LISTEN, day 20 of A Month with Yeats

 

It’s day 20 of Jane Dougherty’s A Month with Yeats poetry challenge and today’s quote is: ‘Out of the dark air over her head there came a murmur of soft words and meeting lips’

Jane’s blog is: https://janedougherty.wordpress.com/2017/11/20/a-month-with-yeats-day-twenty/

My poem today is called: LISTEN

 

We cannot truly change that which

we are, we cannot really laugh louder,

be brighter, stay longer than our journey

has already jotted down in a journal

whose language is not our own.

We cannot truly change the air,

the ocean, the fire that forges its way

through us, leaving us inspired

or expired, hot or just overheated.

We cannot truly change much

but we can cast corrections

into the darkness caught in corners,

we can see sages that hover over heads

if we need to add meat to the monotony,

singing songs of stories never too old

to be retold, never too new to be anything

more than necessary.

We cannot truly change that which

we are, we cannot promise to hold

any longer than time allows us,

we are tied to the tension of the knot

that knows more than we do,

whose heart lays on a hinge

that hangs both the hope

and the hammer. We cannot truly

change much but we can learn to listen

to lips that have lingered, that have

laughed in the face of lies

and been nourished by the face

of the fortunate who found favor

with who they were and then substance

in the soft stream of steady words…

 

All words and photographs by Damien B. Donnelly

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11 thoughts on “LISTEN, day 20 of A Month with Yeats

  1. Stefanie Neumann

    Poetry, photography and message – I always like what I find here but today’s post speaks with such clarity that I feel especially encouraged to just be. Awesome, Dami! Thank you! πŸ’•

  2. sarahsouthwest

    “We cannot truly change much

    but we can cast corrections

    into the darkness caught in corners,”

    Sometimes I truly think that is all I can do. Beautifully put.

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