A day for poems

“Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things”


You may well recognise the poem as High Flight by  John Gillespie Magee, Jr, and if you do you’ll probably be wondering why it’s appearing in a blog about life working on a farm, seeing as I definitely didn’t fly to work this morning.

Well, to be honest, I arrived, I looked up at sky and mentally quoted the peom to myself. I could have muttered “I remember Adlestrop“, despite it being a bit early in the year, and the lack of trains.

I find it a similar sort of poem – uplifting and somehow reminding me of bright skies. There are probably more appropriate poems to quote – but I just don’t know that many poems. I’ve always meant to learn The Windhover, particularly as we have kestrels out on the field, but I can’t get my head round the words: there are too many of them and words like “dauphin” and “chevalier” haven’t lasted well over the years.

Have you got any favourite poems for day to day use? Or any that you can’t get on with?


1 thought on “A day for poems

  1. M. Talmage Moorehead

    I like these Dylan lyrics:

    “I didn’t mean to treat you so bad.
    You shouldn’t take it so personal.
    And I didn’t mean to make you so sad.
    You just happened to be there, that’s all.
    When I saw you say good bye to your friend and smile,
    I thought that it was well understood
    That you’d be coming back in a little while.
    I did know that you were saying good-bye for good…

    “I couldn’t see when it started snowing
    Your voice was all that I heard.
    I couldn’t see where we were going
    But you said you knew and I took your word.
    And then you told me later as I apologized
    That you were just kidding me, you weren’t really from the farm.
    And I told you as you clawed out my eyes
    That I never really meant to do you any harm.”


    I love your farm and your blog.


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