Monday, May 12, 2008

Monday's Verse

THE NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES
.....By Francis William Bourdillon, 1852-1921

The night has a thousand eyes,
And the day but one;
Yet the light of the bright world dies
With the dying sun.

The mind has a thousand eyes,
And the heart but one;
Yet the light of a whole life dies
When love is done.


I love this poem. Haven't we all thought of a million reasons to not do something, only to have our heart tell us the opposite? And which do we listen to? After reading this many many years ago, I always make sure I tell my head to shut up....

7 comments:

PinkLizzy said...

Gorgeous poem.

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

A beautiful piece!

Hyena In Petticoats said...

mmmmmm.....

gorgeous.

in a bitter sweet kind of way.

xxx

Net said...

Thank you so much for that. It's beautiful!

one little acorn said...

Nice post - and yes, certainly worth a reminder every now and again!

Paula Weston said...

Very evocative.

The mind also has a thousand voices, which make a lot more noise than one - which is why it's so hard to even hear the heart sometimes.

I guess that just makes it even more important to stop and check how it's going - like being in the middle of a noisy conversation and remembering to ask the unobtrustive, but wise, person sitting calmly in the corner what they think...

Rachel said...

I remember this poem from a book I had as a kid! Thanks for reminding me!