When You Are Old

Welcome to our second Thoughtful Thursday, my Mum and Grandmother are responsible for my love of poetry. Thanks to them! Today I am sharing a W.B. Yates classic which I’m sure some of you will be familiar with.


When you are old and grey and full of sleep,

And nodding by the fire, take down this book,

And slowly read, and dream of the soft look

Your eyes once had, and of their shadow deep;

How many loved your moments of glad grace,

And loved your beauty with love false or true,

But one man loved that pilgrim soul in you,

And loved the sorrows of your changing face;

And bending down beside the glowing bars,

Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled

And paced upon mountains overhead

And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.

W.B. Yeats 1865 – 1939

My Mum sharing our love of reading with youngest grandchildren, Dunedin 2011

Do you have a favourite poet or poem? Would love to hear from you.

About Seba Silver

In June 2011 my wife and I opened a small store on the beautiful Dalmatian Island of Korcula. Our store (Seba Dizajn) showcases stunning filigree jewellery, all work is made on site offering you the fascinating chance to see filigree jewellery being made. Visit us at www.sebasilver.com to see and purchase some of our filigree jewellery. The Seba family have been working, and creating beautiful pieces of filigree jewellery for over 500 years.
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5 Responses to When You Are Old

  1. Helz-Design says:

    have to admit: i am not into poetry
    never got a sense for that

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