It’s day 9 of Jane Dougherty’s A Month with Yeats poetry challenge and today’s quote to inspire something new is: ‘Troy passed away in one high funeral gleam, and Usna’s children died.’ W.B. Yeats
Jane’s blog is: https://janedougherty.wordpress.com/category/poetry-2/
My poem today is called THE LEGEND TIME WILL TELL OF US
We are the tales
our children will tell of us,
our mystery and musings
bound to a cord we hope
was not cut too deep,
those not bound to bare
will be buried in the hearts
of those who loved them
more than in the earth
that will eat them,
the worms that will weave
trails through their tissue
now taunt, their flesh
now fallen to fodder.
We can be glorious
if they can recall our goodness,
or a rouser of war if they grew
weary of our tales before
time grew tired of us. We make
what we can out of time, but our
legend is what time will make out of us.
All words and photographs by Damien B. Donnelly
5 thoughts on “THE LEGEND TIME WILL TELL OF US, day 9 of A Month with Yeats”
It’s true–once we’re gone, there are only the tales that remain.
Wow, Damien, you are flying with the Yeats thing. I am so loving your poems for this.
Thanks Sarah, I’m running behind in catching up with everyone else’s! Clearly fitting poetry in during work lunch breaks is the way to go! Really happy you are enjoying these ones. Enjoy the coming weekend 🤗
I think this is the most Yeatsian poem yet. Who we are, seen through the eyes of the past, and how the future will see us.