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Poetry Friday: Old Furniture by Thomas Hardy

February 2nd, 2007 (06:18 am)
awake

Current Mood: awake
Current Song: Land by Duncan Sheik

I know not how it may be with others
Who sit amid relics of householdry
That date from the days of their mothers' mothers,
But well I know how it is with me
Continually.

I see the hands of the generations
That owned each shiny familiar thing
In play on its knobs and indentations,
And with its ancient fashioning
Still dallying:

Hands behind hands, growing paler and paler,
As in a mirror a candle-flame
Shows images of itself, each frailer
As it recedes, though the eye may frame
Its shape the same.

- from Old Furniture by Thomas Hardy

Comments

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: February 2nd, 2007 08:55 pm (UTC)

Oooh! I LOVE this one, LW. I have only one piece like this--my grandmother's bookcase, but I know what he means...

Kelly
Big A little a

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: February 2nd, 2007 09:16 pm (UTC)

Hey Kelly! I forgot to note that I read this poem for the first time just yesterday, at the start of The House in Norham Gardens by Penelope Lively, which I read for Michele's Book Group @ Scholar's Blog!

Posted by: mimagirl (mimagirl)
Posted at: February 3rd, 2007 05:18 am (UTC)
happy

I liked that. :)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: February 3rd, 2007 06:25 pm (UTC)
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Ditto.

Posted by: scholars_blog (scholars_blog)
Posted at: February 3rd, 2007 06:31 am (UTC)

LW, I'm delighted to know that Penelope Lively's book inspired your Poetry Friday post...

Posted by: scholars_blog (scholars_blog)
Posted at: February 3rd, 2007 06:33 am (UTC)

Sorry, I hit submit before signing that !

Michele

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: February 3rd, 2007 06:24 pm (UTC)

Howdy!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: February 3rd, 2007 06:24 pm (UTC)
knowing

:)

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: February 3rd, 2007 04:57 pm (UTC)
me likey

Oooh, that's great! Thanks. -- jules at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: February 3rd, 2007 06:24 pm (UTC)
Re: me likey

Hi Jules!

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