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Poetry Friday: A Pinch of Salt by Robert Graves

June 24th, 2016 (05:00 am)
awake

Current Mood: awake
Current Song: My Hallelujah by Sweet Talk Radio

When a dream is born in you
With a sudden clamorous pain,
When you know the dream is true
And lovely, with no flaw nor stain,
O then, be careful, or with sudden clutch
You'll hurt the delicate thing you prize so much.

Dreams are like a bird that mocks,
Flirting the feathers of his tail.
When you seize at the salt-box
Over the hedge you'll see him sail.
Old birds are neither caught with salt nor chaff:
They watch you from the apple bough and laugh.

Poet, never chase the dream.
Laugh yourself and turn away.
Mask your hunger, let it seem
Small matter if he come or stay;
But when he nestles in your hand at last,
Close up your fingers tight and hold him fast.

- A Pinch of Salt by Robert Graves

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Posted by: dmayr (dmayr)
Posted at: June 24th, 2016 03:27 pm (UTC)

"They watch you from the apple bough and laugh."

I'd like to think they're not laughing at me, but are trying to coax me into laughter.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 24th, 2016 03:47 pm (UTC)

:) I find this poem very encouraging.

Posted by: Violet Nesdoly (Violet Nesdoly)
Posted at: June 25th, 2016 07:05 pm (UTC)

Yes, encouraging toward patience and a certain still alertness. This is a new poem to me. Thanks for sharing it.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 25th, 2016 07:09 pm (UTC)

Thanks for commenting!

Encouragement is so important. Never give up!

Posted by: Mary Lee Hahn (Mary Lee Hahn)
Posted at: June 26th, 2016 08:09 pm (UTC)

I will take his advice to mask my hunger -- I'll just keep on keeping on, but I'll be ready for those moments when the poetry bird nestles in my hand!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 27th, 2016 06:09 am (UTC)

Good to be prepared and hopeful!

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