Friday, January 16, 2009

Poetry Friday - Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967)

Everyone Sang
by Siegfried Sassoon

Everyone suddenly burst out singing;
And I was filled with such delight
As prisoned birds must find in freedom,
Winging wildly across the white
Orchards and dark-green fields; on - on - and out of sight.

Everyone's voice was suddenly lifted;
And beauty came like the setting sun:
My heart was shaken with tears; and horror
Drifted away. . . O, but Everyone
Was a bird; and the song was wordless; the singing will never
be done.

Look here for more about this 20th century English poet, and be sure to check out the external links at the bottom of the page. Many resources for learning more about the poet and links to his poems online are included.

Poetry Friday is being hosted today by Karen Edmisten.


Kelly said...

Interesting poem! I love reading all the different poets on Poetry Friday!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful picture--everyone bursting into song! Thanks for sharing this.

Author Amok said...

What a beautiful poem. It reminded me of the Rumi poem someone posted last week, about taking up an instrument rather than studying.

I love poems about being called to attention, out of our habits and into awareness.

Yat-Yee said...

Hey, it's that singing thing again!