An Honest House – Guest Post…

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I ended my first book, A Good Home, with excerpts from two poems that I love: William Wordsworth’s ode to the fields he played in as a child, and Nobel laureate Derek Walcott’s powerful reassurance.

William Wordsworth, from “Intimations of Immortality”:

Though nothing can bring back the hour

Of splendour in the grass, of glory in the flower;

We will grieve not, rather find

Strength in what remains behind.”

Derek Walcott, from “Love After Love”:

The time will come

When, with elation,

You will greet yourself arriving

At your own door, in your own mirror.

And each will smile at the other’s welcome

And say, sit here. Eat.

You will love again the stranger who was yourself.”

~~

Unknown to me, thousands of readers across the world would read my book, and some would return, time and again, to this last reassuring chapter.

So would I. As I…

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19 responses to “An Honest House – Guest Post…

  1. Laurie Graves

    Wonderful quotations! Especially the one by Derek Walcott. I will be copying into my daybook.

  2. Those are beautiful poems you included. I especially love that line “You will love again the stranger who was yourself.”

  3. A wonderful post! I have not read “Imitations of Immortality” in years but with age I appreciate it even more. All the best to you and the new book! It is on my reading list.

  4. I’ve always loved the Wordsworth quote. Beautiful, Cynthia.

  5. I have to confess that I did not see the poems in the book. Thanks for posting them. I like the Walcott poem and have reread it three times…make that four times.

  6. A really great post Cynthia. I don’t think you need to worry about the success of your book! 😉

  7. Two great poems Cynthia. I particularly love Wordsworth. His ‘Tintern Abbey’ is one of my favourite poems. And as before marriage, my name was Wordsworth, I always feel a special kinship.

  8. I learned the Wordsworth poem at school and it comes back with familiarity. This is a lovely guest post Cynthia that resonates with the same sense of taking joy in the way life is lived as your books.

  9. Cynthia, I love the poem by Derek Walcott – I’ve never seen it before. Thank you for sharing that. (Wordsworth, too.) Thank you for sharing you.
    Jeanne

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