I meant to do my work today

It’s St Brigid’s Day, during which bloggers traditionally hold a silent poetry reading. (I love using the word “traditionally” with something as new as blogging…) I’ve been saving this poem for the right moment for the blog. You may know it well, but in these cold, lingering winter days, it reminds me of those dreamy, warm spring days that are surely to come. Enjoy!

I meant to do my work today

I meant to do my work to-day—
But a brown bird sang in the apple-tree,
And a butterfly flitted across the field,
And all the leaves were calling me.

And the wind went sighing over the land,
Tossing the grasses to and fro,
And a rainbow held out its shining hand—
So what could I do but laugh and go?

—Richard LeGallienne

from The Lonely Dancer and Other Poems, 1913

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