Night-Tide: Yeats Challenge, Day 10

For Jane Dougherty’s A Month with Yeats Challenge, Day 10.

Today’s quotation:

“And he saw how the reeds grew dark
At the coming of night-tide,”

—  W.B. Yeats.

 

From the cottage window

he watches the winds blow,

scurrying and hurrying

for the day to be through

to turn evening’s dusky violet hue

into the starry indigo of night.

 

How she had loved that sight,

the clouds dancing in the air

the wispy bits of angel hair

white against the darkening sky.

And still he cried

remembering how she’d died

drifting away at the coming of night-tide.

 

He’d been there, sitting at her side.

Now weary, burdened with a heavy heart,

wondering what to do or what to start

Then softly he hears her gentle sigh,

and though it waits for no reply,

as the moon hums and the reeds grow dark

he knows she’s there somehow, a spark

in every fox’s bark and singing lark

her spirit roams by house and glen

somewhere, sometime, he’ll see her again.

 

'Starry_Night'_by_Edvard_Munch,_1893,_Getty_Center

Edvard Munch, “Starry Night,” [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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23 thoughts on “Night-Tide: Yeats Challenge, Day 10

  1. This is an awesome and beautiful poem, Merril. I am so drawn to the water anyway, so this calls to me, just a touch more than your (and Jane’s) humming moon. Longing and hurtful separation are themes which have always touched my heart. I’m reading from awhile back.
    I am especially glad you had this version of Starry Night, since I mainly picture Van Gogh when I hear the title of this painting and Munch’s Scream painting when I hear Edvard Munch’s name.
    (Oh, silly as I can be, “Munch” is still one of my favorite “Law and Order” cops on the beat.)

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