Wednesday, October 03, 2007

National Poetry Day

Aside

Remember

Remember me when I am gone away,
Gone far away into the silent land;
When you can no more hold me by the hand,
Nor I half turn to go, yet turning stay.
Remember me when no more, day by day,
You tell me of our future that you planned;
Only remember me; you understand
It will be late to counsel then or pray,
Yet if you should forget me for a while
And afterwards remember, do not grieve;
For if the darkness and corruption leave
A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,
Better by far you should forget and smile
Than that you should remember and be sad

Christina Georgina Rossetti
1830-1894

21 comments:

Casdok said...

How lovely

PI said...

Casdok: glad you like it.

R. Sherman said...

Happy Poetry Day to you, dear.

Cheers.

granny p said...

Lovely poem; lovely poet. Thanks to you and National Poetry Day....

PI said...

Thanks Randall xox

Granny p: it reminds me of Dido and Aeneas when she sings 'Remember me'

Zinnia Cyclamen said...

...'but, aaaaah, forget my fate'. Yes, there are similarities. I've read that poem at more funerals than I can remember. (Missed National Poetry Day though - too busy writing!)

PI said...

Zinnia: that's as it should be. Hope it's going well.

Dr Maroon said...

National Poetry Day?
No one told me.

"it's nice to think you might think of me sometimes when I think of you a lot"

PI said...

Doccie: is that a poem? I thought you had eschewed poetry. Such a pity:(

kenju said...

I sent that poem to a guy to whom I was once engaged.

It's beautiful.

PI said...

Judy: that's fascinating - thereby hangs a tale I'm sure.

tanya (aka netchick) said...

What a beautiful poem! Those are my sentiments exactly...

:) Have a terrific Friday -- Michele sent me by!

PI said...

Tanya: I wonder what caused her to write it.

flleenie said...

What a beautiful poem. I personally am not poetically inclined, but my youngest daughter is. I recently posted a poem on my blog that she wrote for her sister. She wrote it last year at the age of nine and she received an award from school for it.

PI said...

Hi Flleenie! I find poetry soothes my soul but can't write it for toffee so well done your daughter. You must be proud.

Sara said...

Hi Ppat, Michele sent me to let you know that I enjoyed that poem. I am so learning to appreciate poetry much more lately! Have a great week-end...

PI said...

Sara: good to see you.

acousticdryad said...

That was very pretty , thanks for sharing :)

Michelle sent me!

PI said...

Hi Acoustic and welcome!

FOUR DINNERS said...

You read poetry on the loo? I'm well impressed!!

PI said...

4d: more loo news tomorrow:)