Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | April 1, 2009

POEM OF THE DAY: Old Fool in the Wood

by Alfred Noyes (1880 – 1958).

 

The Old Fool in the Wood

 

“If I could whisper you all I know,”

Said the Old Fool in the Wood,

“You’d never say that green leaves grow.

You’d say, ‘Ah, what a happy mood

The Master must be in today,                                            5

To think such thoughts,’

That’s what you’d say.”

 

“If I could whisper you all I’ve heard,”

Said the Old Fool in the fern,

“You’d never say the song of a bird.                              10

You’d say, ‘I’ll listen, and p’raps I’ll learn

One word of His joy as He passed this way,

One syllable more,’

That’s what you’d say.”

 

“If I could tell you all the rest,”                                       15

Said the Old Fool under the skies,

“You’d hug your griefs against your breast

And whisper with love-lit eyes,

‘I am one with the sorrow that made the may,

And the pulse of His heart,’                                              20

That’s what you’d say.”

 

Notes:

http://www.catholicauthors.com/noyes.html

http://www3.shropshire-cc.gov.uk/noyes.htm

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