Written, Where He Thought

Life lived more beautifully.

I can read poetry.  I can listen to poetry.

But today I sat in W. B. Yeats home in Ireland, while an Irishman recited one of Yeats works.

I heard it spoken grandly and proudly in a tone that it would have been written in.

And wasn’t it better than the tone and accent of a tongue not skilled with his words and native sound.

So I sat in the window of  Mr. Yeats’ dining room and heard the river flow.  I looked out to the view his eyes would have seen.   And I felt what it was, that moved him to pick this place.

So I wrote:

And who couldn’t



To the sound of the river

The smell of the peat 

The trill of the bird song

To write

Like Yeats


Would have to be without

Heart or soul.

It’s not Yeats.  But it was written where he thought.  Where he wrote.  And where he loved to be.  It was enough for me to be where he wrote the words the world respects and adores.



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65 thoughts on “Written, Where He Thought

  1. So happy for you to have this experience. 🙂


  2. To write it there is magical, to have a photo of you writing there is super magical. Hope you have a great holiday, with super craic.


  3. marvel says:

    It’s really magical. I’m confused. You have written a beautiful story with a wonderful poetry Coleen. I am still deep inside. How can you make yourself awake when everything is so dreamlike? hope you have a good time there.


  4. A dream come true. Enjoy every minute dear Chatter.


  5. How fabulous! Ireland!! Wow!!!


  6. Just the thought of being there and your words give me butterflies in my stomach – hugs from this side of the Atlantic


  7. tric says:

    Ah wait until you get to Cork. And what an accent awaits you!


  8. ksbeth says:

    how utterly amazing –


  9. I can feel the magic you so beautifully shared!


  10. Mrs. P says:

    There is something so magical about being in a space that moves your heart…your poem speaks the energy of that place. ❤️


  11. Very cool, Colleen! ♡
    Diana xo


  12. ivors20 says:

    What a wonderful inspiration, to be writing, “Where he Thought”, and It is the thought that counts.!!


  13. It must have been enchanting sitting in the place where he thought and felt and hear the words written by him. Your poem is a perfect reflection of that moment.


  14. Goosebumps ! What a unique and wonderful experience.


  15. marvel says:

    yes, if it is not possible to meet such a person personally, the notion that he has sat on the same chair is powerful!


  16. reocochran says:

    I think it would be wonderful to go to Ireland, (Scotland and England.)☘ My father’s side of the family claims 1/2 Scottish, 1/2 English. He always said in a totally serious tone, “The Irish are due our respect.” One of us has been to all three countries, not Randy nor me. (yet)


  17. Val Boyko says:

    So awesome to be with this connection in this place 💛


  18. Debra says:

    Magical! How inspiring!


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