From Responsibilities and Other Poems, by W. B. Yeats (Irish, 1865-1939)I Dance there upon the shore; What need have you to care For wind or water’s roar? And tumble out your hair That the salt drops have wet; Being young you have not known The fool’s triumph, nor yet Love lost as soon as won, Nor the best labourer dead And all the sheaves to bind. What need have you to dread The monstrous crying of wind? II Has no one said those daring Kind eyes should be more learn’d? Or warned you how despairing The moths are when they are burned, I could have warned you, but you are young, So we speak a different tongue. O you will take whatever’s offered And dream that all the world’s a friend, Suffer as your mother suffered, Be as broken in the end. But I am old and you are young, And I speak a barbarous tongue.
The next Pass on a Poem evening, where you can read or listen to other people reading poems (not their own) will be on Wednesday 23rd April in Elgin Crescent. To take part email [email protected] and read more at www.passonapoem.com Also, there is a new Pass on a Poem at Blackwells Bookshop in Oxford which will have its first meeting on 11th June. If you know anyone who would like to go they can use the same email, [email protected]