‘The Meadow’ by Doug Thornton The Society November 27, 2013 Beauty, Poetry 1 Comment Whether if my promise be known or not, Of which I spoke when lying on this spot, The weeds have covered up my trail; Their stalks show not the seat that I once made, But mounds still show the meadows where they fade, And here I sat: it is no tale. Those rituals that men must daily guide Amongst the grass where earthly spirits hide Came to me in late September. Assured of myself, I spoke, spoke alive The thought so often heard but to contrive What feeling does not remember. With sunlight pleased there was a butterfly Upon a leaf, perceived with patient eye, Which lulled upon itself a while. The fragile wing of ephemeral life Untamed my spirit, yet to know my strife, To roam amongst myself and smile. But if fear, my sense knows not to dispel, Could chance extend as deep as thoughts compel, And truth never be as fleeting? I raised myself; day was getting colder, And walked back home, but did not feel bolder, And weaker felt the next evening. Many weeks passed, passed with my intention, Nor felt one time again that decision That in that meadow lays confined. Yet that spot forever remains a mark As songs forever of the meadowlark Will tell which bush he hides behind. For here there hides the song that I once sang, The notes are left as flower petals hang, Lifeless, as beauty to the eye; Drop they will, perhaps, on a better day To excuse those words and content to say: Death comes not to the butterfly. Douglas Thornton is a poet and English teacher living in France. Featured Image: “Sunset on the Meadow” by William Trost Richards Related Post ‘Ode to the Great Highland Pipes’ by Joseph Char... For Bill Horn Send up on wings of blood our fathers’ cry, Though the unhearing dead brook not your sound, And flesh yet binds us to the groaning gr... Tell the world:FacebookTwitterTumblrPinterestRedditLinkedInEmail One Response Minibus Hire Tring September 8, 2014 Hello there! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading through this post reminds me of my previous roommate! He continually kept talking about this. I will send this article to him. Fairly certain he will have a good read. Thanks for sharing! Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.