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{July 19, 2013}   Poet’s Corner
Ancient Irish Graveyard and Ruins

Ancient Irish Graveyard and Ruins

 

 

 

 

 

 

Traveling around Ireland, I was reminded of the ancient people who lived in and around the great ruins that rise up from the countryside. There are so many ancient ruins that many aren’t even marked. An observant traveler can stumble across walls, bridges, and towers from the Dark Ages and remains of medieval homes and castles just by pulling off the road and walking through a field of grazing cattle or sheep.

This poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay on Writer’s Almanac today reminds me of the importance of what we leave behind when we shuffle off the mortal coil.

Dirge Without Music

I am not resigned to the shutting away of loving hearts in the hard ground.
So it is, and so it will be, for so it has been, time out of mind:
Into the darkness they go, the wise and the lovely. Crowned
With lilies and with laurel they go; but I am not resigned.

Lovers and thinkers, into the earth with you.
Be one with the dull, the indiscriminate dust.
A fragment of what you felt, of what you knew,
A formula, a phrase remains,—but the best is lost.

The answers quick and keen, the honest look, the laughter, the
love,—
They are gone. They are gone to feed the roses. Elegant and curled
Is the blossom. Fragrant is the blossom. I know. But I do not
approve.
More precious was the light in your eyes than all the roses in the
world.

Down, down, down into the darkness of the grave
Gently they go, the beautiful, the tender, the kind;
Quietly they go, the intelligent, the witty, the brave.
I know. But I do not approve. And I am not resigned.

Edna St. Vincent Millay

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