This is for Jane’s A Month with Yeats Challenge. Today’s quotation is:
“That you, in the dim coming times,
May know how my heart went with them
After the red-rose-bordered hem.” —W.B. Yeats
As a boy he saw them there,
she in white, with flowers in her hair,
he a soldier, a handsome young man,
he saw them thus, and so it began.
He held this image through his life,
he’d go to war, and have a wife,
who’d say farewell in sunlight gold
and they’d continue, till they were old.
He never saw the bloodstained shirt,
the man lying wounded in the dirt,
the woman who traded her white for black,
on lifelong dreams she turned her back.
The boy envisioned a life of glory,
King and country, the same old story,
but finally there with gun in hand,
at last he came to understand.