Friday, October 5, 2018

Poetry Friday - Love's Secret

I went to the library with my son this afternoon, forgetting that it'd be busy because of school holidays. There was lots of yelling and cushion throwing going on in the kid's section and I was relieved when we finally made it to another part of the library. I feel so greedy whenever I go - the time I have to read is limited, but I still feel compelled to check out a little more than I can sufficiently get to in the borrowing period. 

I suppose my coveting books is a sign of my love for them - and so for today's offering I thought I'd share a love poem by William Blake.

Love's Secret

Never seek to tell thy love, 
Love that never told can be;
For the gentle wind does move

Silently, invisibly.

I told my love, I told my love,

I told her all my heart;

Trembling, cold, in ghastly fears,

Ah! she did depart!

Soon as she was gone from me,

A traveler came by,

Silently, invisibly 

He took her with a sigh. 

Tomorrow I have a wedding to go to - any plans for your weekend? *EDIT* I forgot to mention Tabatha over at The Opposite of Indifference was the host for Poetry Friday this week.


  1. Have you ever seen the children's book A Visit to William Blake's Inn? I loved it.
    Enjoy the wedding!

    1. I've seen the book on Amazon but I haven't actually read it, I might need to check it out :)

  2. Interesting idea about one's love, Erin: "Never seek to tell thy love, /Love that never told can be;" Enjoy your wedding with love that has not departed.

  3. The wonderful thing about a library is that you can be as greedy as you want, and if you can't finish all the books, you can just borrow them next time! It's wonderful for book gluttons like me. :-D

  4. Oh, I know what you mean....the good news is that you were in a library and not on Amazon! I swear that place knows of my addiction and plays with it. I've not seen this poem before. Partly, it makes me laugh...and partly it makes me sigh as I remember a love of mine leaving for another. I was crushed.

    1. Mmm, we all seem to have that unrequited love story that stays with us! Amazon is the devil, isn't it? It's so easy to jump on that daily deal even when you have all these other books teed up that you haven't read yet...

  5. I can relate to checking out more books than I have time to read! Enjoy the wedding.

  6. Lovely poem Erin–ah I always have many, many books out of the library–a favorite place of mine too. BTW "William Blake's Inn" that Tabatha mentioned about is wonderfully rich in story and images. I don't have it but I did take it out of the library and had it for a long time.


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