Monday, 1 March 2010

written words

I feel like a human sponge for soaking up words these days. I hang tenderly upon the lyrics of songs and dwell on poems for hours. I fell upon this beautiful Robert Frost poem tonight and felt breathless reading these pictoral stanzas filled with the unbearable acceptance of loss. After much adventure, I have come home by the highway.


Out through the fields and the woods
And over the walls I have wended;
I have climbed the hills of view
And looked at the world, and descended;
I have come by the highway home,
And lo, it is ended.

The leaves are all dead on the ground,
Save those that the oak is keeping
To ravel them one by one
And let them go scraping and creeping
Out over the crusted snow,
When others are sleeping.

And the dead leaves lie huddled and still,
No longer blown hither and thither;
The last lone aster is gone;
The flowers of the witch hazel wither;
The heart is still aching to seek,
But the feet question "Whither?"

Ah, when to the heart of man
Was it ever less than a treason
To go with the drift of things,
To yield with a grace to reason,
And bow and accept the end
Of a love or a season?

Robert Frost

lovely little illustration by the sweet Rebecca of The Clothes Horse.

1 comment:

kathy waters said...

Dear Alli, You continue to be in my fervent prayers often. There is One who will never leave those who are His, if indeed we are His. Love to you and your precious ones. Kathy Waters Romans 8:1-39