A time of gentle peace, with W. B. Yeats

Basingstoke Canal, Hampshire England, watercolor by Bobbie Herron, inspired by Judy Coleman photo

“We can make our minds so like still water

that beings gather about us . . .

that they may see, it may be, their own images . . .

and so live for a moment with a clearer,

perhaps even a fiercer life

because of our quiet.”

–William Butler Yeats, The Celtic Twilight: Faerie and Folklore, 1893

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This is my favorite prose poem in all the world. I aspire to this state of mind, and manage to visit it occasionally.

Lately I’ve been spending much of my time sketching/painting, at home and out in nature; that explains the recent quiet spell on my blog. No worries, I’m still here, just not bubbling over with words. Instead, I’m enjoying admiring and creating images.

This Yeats prose poem has haunted me for years, and now is the perfect time to share it with you. I hope your gentle sketching sessions allow your soul to be a bit more still from time to time. Happy spring to everyone, I do so adore May.

About Bobbie Herron

I live surrounded by watercolor brushes and paints, fountain pens, sketchbooks, and journals- often wanting more than anything to write and paint at the same time. If you like what you're reading, feel free to share it with others. If you see something that needs correction, please let me know. Thanks for visiting!
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1 Response to A time of gentle peace, with W. B. Yeats

  1. Sandra Ray says:

    Lovely painting to accompany your favorite prose/poem. I do believe May is one of my favorite months too. See you in a month or so.☺💞

    On Fri, May 14, 2021 at 8:15 AM Aloft with Inspiration wrote:

    > Bobbie Herron posted: ” Basingstoke Canal, Hampshire England, watercolor > by Bobbie Herron, inspired by Judy Coleman photo “We can make our minds so > like still water that beings gather about us . . . that they may see, it > may be, their own images . . . and so live fo” >

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