Saturday, September 01, 2007

Silence and Remembrance

A Light in Silence & Remembrance


"To An Athlete Dying Young" by A. E. Housman

THE time you won your town the race
We chaired you through the market-place;
Man and boy stood cheering by,
And home we brought you shoulder-high.

To-day, the road all runners come,
Shoulder-high we bring you home,
And set you at your threshold down,
Townsman of a stiller town.

Smart lad, to slip betimes away
From fields where glory does not stay,
And early though the laurel grows
It withers quicker than the rose.

Eyes the shady night has shut
Cannot see the record cut,
And silence sounds no worse than cheers
After earth has stopped the ears:

Now you will not swell the rout
Of lads that wore their honours out,
Runners whom renown outran
And the name died before the man.

So set, before its echoes fade,
The fleet foot on the sill of shade,
And hold to the low lintel up
The still-defended challenge-cup.

And round that early-laurelled head
Will flock to gaze the strengthless dead,
And find unwithered on its curls
The garland briefer than a girl's.

10 comments:

Lux said...

I am remembering ...

Alexi said...

We're remembering, too!

Chen & Ollie said...

Yes, it is very important that we remember our friends who are on the bridge.
Purrs,
Mr. Chen & Ollie

Gretchen said...

I love the poem. I'm going now to post the candle on my blog.

Thanks, Mao...you're a good freind to every kitty...G

michico 小芥 said...

We will all keep them in our mind~!
I am remembering, too.

Dragonheart said...

Lovely tribute, Mao. I am remembering all those who have gone to the Bridge.

Bad Kitty Cats & Megan said...

tell your mamam MaoMao to check her email... HUGS and So much love. Damn tears wont stop... LOVE purrs and heart ache...

Daisy said...

That is a beautiful poem.

Jeter and Mickey said...

i'm wid u mao mao.
luv--jh

Ariel said...

Hi My Sweet Mao,

Very beautiful poem and tribute.
Remembering keeps them close to
our hearts...Love You Ariel