Posted by: Inner~Creative~Voice | January 23, 2008



William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)

                    When You Are Old

    WHEN you are old and gray and full of sleep,
    And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
    And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
    Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;

    How many loved your moments of glad grace,
    And loved your beauty with love false or true,
    But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
    And loved the sorrows of your changing face;

    And bending down beside the glowing bars,
    Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
    And paced upon the mountains overhead
    And hid his face among a crowd of stars.

 Enjoy the beauty of the words and image.



  1. what a beautiful image of a life well lived. I enjoy the lines “glad grace” and “pilgrim soul”..hmmm glad grace I can understand but “pilgrim soul”? that’s a little harder. Don’t we all know older couples who are still such kindred spirits or true soul mates in even their twilight years. They are the real winners in this life. I have such a tender vision of an older man that still adores his “bride” after many decades. thank you for these lines.

    swimmer girl

  2. I fully agree…reading this poem shows me how are lives move in cycles…I can picture myself in this poem, even being young…I can feel and imagine being old.

    And to have a great love to share my life…well that is the intense beauty of living a life well.

  3. oh, so beautiful.
    thank you for that, my dear woman.
    hope you are well. sending peaceful vibes…

  4. I feel the peace:) I would love to read more of the poems that you are getting from others…will you post them?

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