Friday, December 31, 2010

Poetry Friday - Auguries of Innocence

I'm in shock that this is the last day of 2010. I'm also finding myself a little blue and very ready for the promise of a new year. The end of the year always seems to bring this poem to mind.
Auguries of Innocence
By William Blake

To see a World in a grain of sand,
And a Heaven in a wild flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand,
And Eternity in an hour.…

The bat that flits at close of eve
Has left the brain that won’t believe.
The owl that calls upon the night
Speaks the unbeliever’s fright.…

Joy and woe are woven fine,
A clothing for the soul divine;
Under every grief and pine
Runs a joy with silken twine.…

Every tear from every eye
Becomes a babe in Eternity.…

The bleat, the bark, bellow, and roar
Are waves that beat on Heaven’s shore.…

He who doubts from what he sees
Will ne’er believe, do what you please.
If the Sun and Moon should doubt,
They’d immediately go out.…

God appears, and God is Light,
To those poor souls who dwell in Night;
But does a Human Form display
To those who dwell in realms of Day.
The round-up today is at Carol's Corner. Here's wishing you a happy Poetry Friday, and even happier New Year.

Friday, December 03, 2010

Poetry Friday Is Here!

Today I'm sharing a poem by Mary Oliver.

In winter
      all the singing is in
          the tops of the trees
              where the wind-bird

with its white eyes
      shoves and pushes
          among the branches.
              Like any of us

he wants to go to sleep,
      but he's restless—
          he has an idea,
              and slowly it unfolds

Read the poem in its entirety.

I'm your intrepid host this week so leave me a note about your poetry offering and I'll round up the posts throughout the day.

Honors and Awards

Book Reviews and Excerpts

Original Poetry

Poetry of Others

Music and Other Poetic Diversions
Happy poetry Friday all!