“Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all”
– Lord Tennyson
I read today’s poem from a collection of poems edited by Jessica Strand and Leslie Jonath titled “Love Found – 50 Classic Poems of Desire, Longing, and Devotion”. The book is divided into three sections and this poem was from the section “Passion & Partnership”. From this poem, I appreciate the beauty and joy found in the most mundane of daily life when spent with a passionate partner.
by Katherine Mansfield
There’s a hollow roaring from the sea.
And, alas! for the little almond flowers,
The wind is shaking the almond tree.
How little I thought, a year ago,
In the horrible cottage upon the Lee
That he and I should be sitting so
And sipping a cup of camomile tea.
Light as feathers the witches fly,
The horn of the moon is plain to see;
By a firefly under a jonquil flower
A goblin toasts a bumble-bee.
We might be fifty, we might be five,
So snug, so compact, so wise are we!
Under the kitchen-table leg
My knee is pressing against his knee.
Our shutters are shut, the fire is low,
The tap is dripping peacefully;
The saucepan shadows on the wall