W. B. Yeats

The Balloon of the Mind

Hands, do what you’re bid:
Bring the balloon of the mind
That bellies and drags in the wind
Into its narrow shed.


Adrift in the universe ... to mind to hand to paper…

One needs a yielding way – or in the words of William Stafford, a gentle pull on the strings – with the world of the muse. The best way is to give way to the poem.

Yeats, in this work, understands that the poetry is there already – all around him, really – all he needs to do is pay attention.

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