Thursday, July 29, 2010

Pilgrim Soul, by request

Many readers of my new book have asked me to print the entire Yeats poem, When You Are Old.

In the section for single survivors, I use part of the poem to illustrate how a woman should find her "fellow traveler" who will celebrate and love all that she is, all that she has been through and all that will be for the two of them, together, as they travel the road of life.  She should not settle for anyone less.

So here it is, written by William Butler Yeats, one of the tenderest, most romantic poets who was also blessed with an understanding of the human heart that is held by very, very few... 

WHEN you are old and gray and full of sleep 
  And nodding by the fire, take down this book, 
  And slowly read, and dream of the soft look 
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep; 
How many loved your moments of glad grace,        
  And loved your beauty with love false or true; 
  But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you, 
And loved the sorrows of your changing face. 
And bending down beside the glowing bars, 
  Murmur, a little sadly, how love fled
  And paced upon the mountains overhead, 
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars. 
 Everyone is scared. You don't have to be a breast cancer survivor to hold the patent on that. Learn from your experiences...both good and especially the bad. They are the road map to your future. Which route do you want to travel? It is in your hands. If you choose wisely you'll find happiness. If you repeat the past Caution: There may be dragons.

Find your fellow traveler before he hides his face amid a crowd of stars. Your whole life is waiting for you. Don't let it pass you by. Make your memories today.

No comments: