AN UNCOMMON THOUGHT

"The real trick to life is not to be in the know, but to be in the mystery."
-Fred Alan Wolf

09 June 2016

Wild-winding.


TO MY OATEN REED  

Thou warble wild of rough rude melody!  
How oft I've woo'd thee, often thrown thee by; 
In many a doubtful rapture touching thee,  
Waking thy rural notes in many a sigh:  
Fearing the wise, the wealthy, proud and high, 
Would scorn as vain thy lowly extasy;  
Deeming presumptuous thy uncultur'd themes. 
Thus vainly courting Taste's unblemish'd eye,  
To list a simple Labourer's artless dreams,  
Haply I wander into wide extremes. 
But O thou sweet wild-winding rhapsody,  
Thou jingling charm that dost my heart control; 
I take thee up to smother many a sigh,
And lull the throbbings of a woe- worn soul.

John Clare

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