St Brigid's Poetry Festival 2014
February 05, 2014
To A Friend Estranged From Me
Now goes under, and I watch it go under, the sun
That will not rise again.
Today has seen the setting, in your eyes cold and senseless as the sea,
Of friendship better than bread, and of bright charity
That lifts a man a little above the beasts that run.
That this could be!
That I should live to see
Most vulgar Pride, that stale obstreperous clown,
So fitted out with purple robe and crown
To stand among his betters!
Face to face With outraged me in this once holy place,
Where Wisdom was a favoured guest and hunted
Truth was harboured out of danger,
He bulks enthroned, a lewd, an insupportable stranger!
I would have sworn, indeed I swore it:
The hills may shift, the waters may decline,
Winter may twist the stem from the twig that bore it,
But never your love from me, your hand from mine.
Now goes under the sun, and I watch it go under.
Farewell, sweet light, great wonder!
You, too, farewell,-but fare not well enough to dream
You have done wisely to invite the night before the darkness came.
Is it that time of year already? You're alive!!!! See you after tax season!
Posted by: Stacey | February 06, 2014 at 07:21 AM
Boy, she nails what it feels like when a friendship crashes and burns.
Posted by: Amy | February 06, 2014 at 07:59 AM
"stale obstreperous clown" - perfect...
Posted by: teabird | February 06, 2014 at 11:58 AM
Good choice :)
Posted by: mrspao | February 06, 2014 at 02:21 PM
Posted by: Cheryl S. | February 06, 2014 at 02:53 PM
Hi! So good to hear from you again. Trust your winter has gone/is going alright.
Posted by: Kim | February 06, 2014 at 08:03 PM
Carrie- There YOU ARE!!!!
Posted by: Lorraine | February 07, 2014 at 06:55 AM
Glad to see you have not succumbed to heat, fire, or tax season. I love EStVMillay.
Posted by: mary lou | February 07, 2014 at 02:05 PM
I actually got that one.
Stay well and be good to yourself. I hope April comes swiftly.
Posted by: Angie | February 07, 2014 at 02:12 PM
Shouldn't you be working? xo
Posted by: Cookie | February 09, 2014 at 06:27 PM