words are fools

kingfisher in flight


This is one stanza from a long poem , “Limitations”  by the British poet Siegfried Sassoon:


I told you it was easy! …

Words are fools …Who follow blindly, once they get a lead.

But thoughts are kingfishers that haunt the pools

Of quiet; seldom-seen: and all you need

Is just that flash of joy above your dream.

So, when those forty platitudes are done,

You’ll hear a bird-note calling from the stream

That wandered through your childhood; and the sun

Will strike the old flaming wonder from the waters…

. And there’ll be forty lines not yet begun.

Siegfried Sassoon




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