Monday, October 8, 2012

The Day is Done

 The Day is Done
    THE day is done, and the darkness
        Falls from the wings of Night,
    As a feather is wafted downward
        From an eagle in his flight.
I see the lights of the village
    Gleam through the rain and the mist,
And a feeling of sadness comes o'er me
    That my soul cannot resist:
A feeling of sadness and longing,
    That is not akin to pain,
And resembles sorrow only
    As the mist resembles the rain.
    Come, read to me some poem,
    Some simple and heartfelt lay,
That shall soothe this restless feeling,
    And banish the thoughts of day.
Not from the grand old masters,
    Not from the bards sublime,
Whose distant footsteps echo
    Through the corridors of Time,
For, like strains of martial music,
    Their mighty thoughts suggest
Life's endless toil and endeavor;
    And tonight I long for rest.
Read from some humbler poet,
    Whose songs gushed from his heart,
As showers from the clouds of summer,
    Or tears from the eyelids start;
Who, through long days of labor,
    And nights devoid of ease,
Still heard in his soul the music
    Of wonderful melodies.
Such songs have a power to quiet
    The restless pulse of care,
And comes like the benediction
    That follows after prayer.
Then read from the treasured volume
    The poem of thy choice,
And lend to the rhyme of the poet
    The beauty of thy voice.

And the night shall be filled with music,
    And the cares, that infest the day,
Shall fold their tents, like the Arabs,
    And as silently steal away.

    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

This is what I am memorizing right now and I found that breaking it up like this is easier for me to remember the stanzas.

I call this my study in blue.


Dog Trot Farm said...

Kim, simply lovely words. Come to Maine and I will take you to the big city (Portland)and we would tour the childhood home of Longfellow, it is beautiful. Has your lovely daughter decided on her wedding month? it is a very exciting time for you. I am going to join you back on the WW bandwagon.Perhaps we can accomplish this together... Have a lovely evening, Julie.

Julia said...

Hi Kim, I'm not much of a poet but your blue flower assortment send me spiralling in a world of petals soft and pretty that gladdens the soul and caresses my eyes. Such beauty grows without presumptions and nary a care. Refreshing blue, calming and restful.

Yes the day is done and never to be seen again. What I failed to accomplish today will have to be burden on another day that is full of promise just like this day was. I hope that I don't mess up. I can never get all done what needs to be done.

Have a creative week. Today I'm thankful for having you as a friend.


From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

I just love this this post. I am such a fan of Longfellow. I taking my niece to lunch at the Longfellow's Wayside Inn in Sudbury MA. on Saturday for her 18th birthday. She's a history nut and loves our rich history here in MA. The Inn was named after him because of his book Tales of the Wayside Inn. Look it up on google , its very interesting. I believe the Wayside is the oldest inn in America. If you ever visit New England, I will take you to lunch there.

Miss Debbie said... are diligent! Lovely poem, lovely pictures!

Rugs and Pugs said...

Gorgeous flower pics!
Hugs :)

Beth said...

Beautiful poem and beautiful photos. I especially love the bachelor buttons!

Debbie said...

It's's purple, and oh so beautiful!

TexWisGirl said...

i am not one for poetry, but your images are lovely. :)

Debbie said...

Love it! Both the poem and the pictures. Hope you had a good day!

Pom Pom said...

That's VERY cool, Kim! It's good for our brains to memorize!
That is a lovely poem and your photos go with it perfectly.

Primitive Stars said...

Hello Kim, wow, so so pretty, love the colors of blues. Love the poem and pictures, thanks for sharing, enjoyed the post, Blessings Francine.

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

Beautiful poem with beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing with us.

Christine said...

Beautiful poem and equally beautiful pictures!
I love blue!
God bless