Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: Two of My Favourite Poems

The Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge is hosted @ LongandShortReviews and for this week we have been asked to cite our favourite poems, stories, or novellas.

I thought this was a wonderful opportunity to share two of my favourite poems. The first is Spring and Fall by Jesuit priest and poet G.M. Hopkins (1844-1889), written in 1880 but published posthumously in 1918, the second is Not Waving but Drowning (1957) by British poetess Stevie Smith (1902-1971). Both poems convey so much in such simple words.

Here they are for your reading pleasure:

Spring and Fall

              to a young child

Márgarét, áre you gríeving
Over Goldengrove unleaving?
Leáves, like the things of man, you
With your fresh thoughts care for, can you?
Ah! ás the heart grows older
It will come to such sights colder
By and by, nor spare a sigh
Though worlds of wanwood leafmeal lie;
And yet you will weep and know why.
Now no matter, child, the name:
Sórrow's spríngs áre the same.
Nor mouth had, no nor mind, expressed
What heart heard of, ghost guessed:
It ís the blight man was born for,
It is Margaret you mourn for.

And yet you will weep and know why….

Not Waving but Drowning

Nobody heard him, the dead man,   
But still he lay moaning:
I was much further out than you thought   
And not waving but drowning.

Poor chap, he always loved larking
And now he’s dead
It must have been too cold for him his heart gave way,   
They said.

Oh, no no no, it was too cold always   
(Still the dead one lay moaning)   
I was much too far out all my life   
And not waving but drowning.

“I was much too far out all my life….

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Do you love poetry too? Share some of your favourite poems.

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