Festival of Bridges # 16 ~ Tread Softly

The Festival of Bridges brings us to Sligo town, this morning, and thoughts of W.B. Yeats, thanks to Val Rebus who has the brilliant Magnumlady’s Blog

Here is the photograph that Val sent:

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Hyde Bridge, Sligo, Ireland

Val describes the scene as follows:

This is the Hyde bridge in Sligo. The old building in the centre of the photo is the Yeats Memorial Building. It was fermerly the Allied Irish Bank but was given to the Yeats Society in 1973.

You can find out about Yeats and his circle here with an audio-visual exhibition on the life of William Butler Yeats and his contemporaries.

It is also home to ‘The Yeats Library’ which includes over 3,000 titles and 54 years of audio-visual archive which is available for scholars for research purposes.  

Upstairs is the Hyde Bridge Gallery where art exhibitions are held throughout the year.

W.B. Yeats’ poetry is very close to my heart and Val’s photograph brought this particular favourite to mind immediately:

Aedh Wishes For The Cloths Of Heaven

Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
(W.B. Yeats)
The Festival of Bridges runs until October 31st. Submissions are now closed. 


Author: socialbridge

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.

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