Yeats in decline

Yeats in decline

The beauty of things
           necessary as the rose
or the eyes of a child
           sufficient in their being
in need of no explanation
           Every thought every thing
fit for use in the poem
           that endows every aspect
with the intensity of life
           What is seen and felt
and is expressed
           in transcendent
confidential language
           Inspiration is breath
that animates
           that brings to life
An old man with a stick
           beats at the door
and we recognise his face
           and value his gesture

John Lyons


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