William Butler Yeats, “Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven” / Aedh (2011)

Aedh

watercolor, 18 x 24″

10/2011

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Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven

Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

– William Butler Yeats

One thought on “William Butler Yeats, “Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven” / Aedh (2011)

  1. For the first time rereading this poem in this light of the colors you have used.
    I notice…. “tread softly” is as gentle as embroideries of light that use thread.
    Thread of gold and silver rays.
    To thread together such a picture with your strokes captures the gentleness that Yeats has in his voice weaving heavens’ embroidered cloths.
    A beautiful image whether in dreams or in awakening of the heart to light.
    Thank you

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