Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Nearest Kin of the Moon

The Cat And The Moon
by William Butler Yeats


The cat went here and there
And the moon spun round like a top,
And the nearest kin of the moon,
The creeping cat, looked up.
Black Minnaloushe stared at the moon,
For, wander and wail as he would,
The pure cold light in the sky
Troubled his animal blood.
Minnaloushe runs in the grass
Lifting his delicate feet.
Do you dance, Minnaloushe, do you dance?
When two close kindred meet
What better than call a dance?
Maybe the moon may learn,
Tired of that courtly fashion,
A new dance turn.
Minnaloushe creeps through the grass
From moonlit place to place,
The sacred moon overhead
Has taken a new phase.
Does Minnaloushe know that his pupils
Will pass from change to change,
And that from round to crescent,
From crescent to round they range?
Minnaloushe creeps through the grass
Alone, important and wise,
And lifts to the changing moon
His changing eyes.

2 comments:

  1. Brigittetdarnay10:47 AM

    I am cheered on mornings when I see your  poem drafts, but also your selections of others' poetry, such as the one above.   Thank you very kindly.  I seem to be in need of such uplifts more every single day now.   Your music selections as well,  often please and make me hum or whistle along... 

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  2. branemrys1:52 PM

    I'm very glad you enjoy them!

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