William Butler Yeats – Never give all the heart

“Never give all the heart, for love
Will hardly seem worth thinking of
To passionate women if it seem
Certain, and they never dream
That it fades out from kiss to kiss;
For everything that’s lovely is
But a brief, dreamy, kind delight.
O never give the heart outright,
For they, for all smooth lips can say,
Have given their hearts up to the play.
And who could play it well enough
If deaf and dumb and blind with love?
He that made this knows all the cost,
For he gave all his heart and lost.”

She sketched a picture of me

She sketched a picture of me,
with sharp pencil marks
that stuck to my semblance
like darts

I looked like my father
when she was finished
and then I missed the family
we used to have

We used to be so beautiful
Our smiles as wide as
the picture frames
But now, when we say your name…

Well, we don’t use each other’s names anymore
But, remember when we used to?
That was nice, wasn’t it?

We used to go to Disney World every summer
in a RV for Christ sake!
Now look at us –
strangers we’d sit next to on the bus
and miss completely

It didn’t end so neatly
but then, it never does, does it?
I wish we could all sit in the TV room one more time,
and watch some Disney movie
that would bring us all back together again

We decided we’d tape over our memories instead
And see if the eternal sunshine was true,
In our spotless minds


Stay with me.
It’s going to be alright.
You are so brave.
You’re going to make it.
Stay with me.

Cover the opening to the bedroom door.
Stuff it with blankets.
See if you can stop the smoke.
What is your address?
Describe the room you are in to me.

You are doing great.
Stay with me, dear.
They are coming.
Can you hear them?

Try and get to the window.
I know it’s hard.
Try and let some smoke out.
Stay with me.

Keep fighting.
I know it’s so hard, but you’re doing great.
They are just down the street from you now.
Can you hear them?
Can you hear the sirens?
Stay with me.

Is anyone there?
Can you hear me?
Hello? Hello?