Daily Archives: March 3, 2017

Mermaid Tail and Today’s Poem by Edward Thomas

I have been knitting for weeks and today I finished the Mermaid Tail for Live-Wire No3’s birthday! I am delighted with the end result, especially the two sides of scaly loveliness.

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The poem by Edward Thomas who was born on this day in 1878 is very pleasing to me. It is called “Words.”

Out of us all
That make rhymes
Will you choose
Sometimes –
As the winds use
A crack in a wall
Or a drain,
Their joy or their pain
To whistle through –
Choose me,
You English words?

I know you:
You are light as dreams,
Tough as oak,
Precious as gold,
As poppies and corn,
Or an old cloak:
Sweet as our birds
To the ear,
As the burnet rose
In the heat
Of Midsummer:
Strange as the races
Of dead and unborn:
Strange and sweet
And familiar,
To the eye,
As the dearest faces
That a man knows,
And as lost homes are:
But though older far
Than oldest yew, –
As our hills are, old, –
Worn new
Again and again:
Young as our streams
After rain:
And as dear
As the earth which you prove
That we love.

Make me content
With some sweetness
From Wales
Whose nightingales
Have no wings, –
From Wiltshire and Kent
And Herefordshire, –
And the villages there, –
From the names, and the things
No less.
Let me sometimes dance
With you,
Or climb
Or stand perchance
In ecstasy,
Fixed and free
In a rhyme,
As poets do.

 Edward Thomas was killed in action soon after he arrived in France at Arras on Easter Monday, 9 April 1917. This memorial is to be found in Steep, Hampshire.

Posted by on March 3, 2017 in Beauty, knitting, poetry, postaday2017



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