I meant to do my work today

It’s St Brigid’s Day, when bloggers traditionally hold a silent poetry reading. (Seems a bit odd to use the word “traditionally” with something as new as blogging…). I’ve been saving this poem for some time, waiting for just the right moment to put it on the blog. This poem is just right for these dark, lingering days of winter, when spring seems like it will never come. This poem reminds me that spring and summer will come. They really will.

I meant to do my work to-day

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 Le Gallienne
from The Lonely Dancer and Other Poems, 1913

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One Response to “I meant to do my work today”

  1. Oh, that’s lovely! And it’s exactly how I feel today… thank goodness there’s not a rainbow out there, or I’d be gone!

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