Happy Thanksgiving ~ Gatherings from Ireland # 316

Ballyscanlon Lake, Co. Waterford
Ballyscanlon Lake, Co. Waterford

Thanksgiving has been on my mind all day and I would like to wish all my American friends and followers every happiness from Ireland.

I wanted to find a poem from Ireland to send your way and a book of W.B. Yeats’ poetry selected by Seamus Heaney fell into my gaze and this is the poem that most wanted to travel:

The Lake Isle Of Innisfree

I WILL arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made:
Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honeybee,
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.
And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;
There midnight’s all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
And evening full of the linnet’s wings.
I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey,
I hear it in the deep heart’s core.

William Butler Yeats

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I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and sense of place.

6 thoughts on “Happy Thanksgiving ~ Gatherings from Ireland # 316”

    1. Hi Dennis, I’m not sure of the song you mean but I would suspect that it comes from Yeats’ poem as some of his other poems have been put to music. I’d love to hear it.

  1. I’m not really into poetry at all but there is a few that I like and this one tops my little list, I really like it. Though I did say that about classical music in my young days when I was into rock and roll and country etc but after being to a few clasical concerts I now love it. Its probably an age thing !
    Thanks for that Jean I enjoyed it.

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