Friday, December 7, 2012

Poem of the Week: To Kalakaua

Something about this poem jumped out at me and captured my imagination.  I think it is the way the lines sing together and evoke a far-off location and time.

To Kalakaua
Robert Louis Stevenson

The Silver Ship, my King – that was her name
In the bright islands whence your fathers came –
The Silver Ship, at rest from winds and tides,
Below your palace in your harbour rides;
And the seafarers, sitting safe on shore,
Like eager merchants count their treasures o'er.
One gift they find, one strange and lovely thing,
Now doubly precious since it pleased a king.

The right, my liege, is ancient as the lyre
For bards to give to kings what kings admire.
'Tis mine to offer for Apollo's sake;
And since the gift is fitting, yours to take.
To golden hands the golden pearl I bring:
The ocean jewel to the island king.

Have a great weekend!  I'm probably going to spend at least part of mine gushing over Les Miserables 2012 and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey; thereby driving my family crazy.  :)

Miss Melody Muffin

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