Poetry Month: Day 6 – Brown Penny by Yeats

For our Monday pleasure, a poem about love, a poem about beginnings, William Butler Yeats wrote Brown Penny, and I find for me, the perpetual procrastinator, that this is a poem about getting off the ground. Beginnings happen often with a blank page and little fan fare, but they are worthwhile in romantic love or in taking on a new challenge. The new day, the new task, cannot begin too soon!

I WHISPERED, ‘I am too young,’
And then, ‘I am old enough’;
Wherefore I threw a penny
To find out if I might love.
‘Go and love, go and love, young man,
If the lady be young and fair.’
Ah, penny, brown penny, brown penny,
I am looped in the loops of her hair.
O love is the crooked thing,
There is nobody wise enough
To find out all that is in it,
For he would be thinking of love
Till the stars had run away
And the shadows eaten the moon.
Ah, penny, brown penny, brown penny,
One cannot begin it too soon. – William Butler Yeats

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About Sean Smith

Husband, Father, Pastor, Swimmer, Writer, Reader, and attempted Adventurer!
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