Sunday, March 13, 2011

keats, on beauty in the dark

A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.

Therefore, on every morrow, are we wreathing
A flowery band to bind us to the earth,
Spite of despondence, of the inhuman dearth
Of noble natures, of the gloomy days,
Of all the unhealthy and o'er-darkened ways
Made for our searching: yes, in spite of all,
Some shape of beauty moves away the pall
From our dark spirits.

— John Keats

linking to recuerda mi corazon, joining in prayers for japan

10 comments:

Kay L. Davies said...

"a sleep full of sweet dreams, and health..."
Dear John Keats - How well you knew what we all seek.
-- K
Leslie - Your photo is a perfect "thing of beauty"!
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

rebecca said...

gorgeous, healing balm to my heart and soul

deb colarossi said...

thank you , Leslie.

I love your space.

Noelle Renee said...

I adore Keats. There is no sweeter soul who could bring a more healing balm to this situation than he.
Love and Light,
Noelle

S. Etole said...

"some shape of beauty moves away the pall" ...

you share that beauty with us so well

Stephanie said...

Beautiful words sent out to the universe and those in need of healing support.

Margaret Pangert said...

Hi Leslie~ Your post is an incredible expression of the ebb and flow of life, something we all need to hear now. Thank you!
Some more Keats that seems a propos:
"Bright star, would I were steadfast as thou art--
Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night
And watching, with eternal lids apart, ...
The moving waters at their priestlike task
Of pure ablution round earth's human shores."

Annie said...

With you in prayer.

♥ w o o l f ♥ said...

it is funny now. ever since viewing BRIGHT STAR i always hear the actor's voice over of keats' poems. sexy voice too.

B. Meandering said...

Wonderful choice of poem. The ending is full of hope and may the Japanese find moments and glimpses of nature that give them hope.
Beautiful flower.