Monday, December 07, 2009

Been mourning the coming deep freeze and wallowing in the non-trout-season that is now. To support this self-woe and further prop it up, I've been reading over and over the following poem, and looking forward to the day that will allow a person to put boot on a stream.

Song of the Brook

I come from haunts of coot and hern,
I make a sudden sally
And sparkle out among the fern,
To bicker down a valley.

By thirty hills I hurry down,
Or slip between the ridges,
By twenty thorpes, a little town,
And half a hundred bridges.

Till last by Philip's farm I flow
To join the brimming river,
For men may come and men may go,
But I go on for ever.

I chatter over stony ways,
In little sharps and trebles,
I bubble into eddying bays,
I babble on the pebbles.

With many a curve my banks I fret
By many a field and fallow,
And many a fairy foreland set
With willow-weed and mallow.

I chatter, chatter, as I flow
To join the brimming river,
For men may come and men may go,
But I go on for ever.

I wind about, and in and out,
With here a blossom sailing,
And here and there a lusty trout,
And here and there a grayling,

And here and there a foamy flake
Upon me, as I travel
With many a silvery waterbreak
Above the golden gravel,

And draw them all along, and flow
To join the brimming river
For men may come and men may go,
But I go on for ever.

I steal by lawns and grassy plots,
I slide by hazel covers;
I move the sweet forget-me-nots
That grow for happy lovers.

I slip, I slide, I gloom, I glance,
Among my skimming swallows;
I make the netted sunbeam dance
Against my sandy shallows.

I murmur under moon and stars
In brambly wildernesses;
I linger by my shingly bars;
I loiter round my cresses;

And out again I curve and flow
To join the brimming river,
For men may come and men may go,
But I go on for ever.


by Alfred Lord Tennyson

13 Comments:

Blogger Trout Caviar said...

Thanks for that, Wendy. After that mild, idyllic November, the other shoe is now dropping with a sickening thud. I have leeks now frozen in the ground. I still have a couple of trout in the freezer from the last days of September. I'm going to thaw them out and cook them up this week, and while I eat them I'll think of you, and of Lord Tennyson. Cheers~ Brett

9:34 AM  
Blogger amanda said...

I wanted to name one of our kids Tennyson. (it was an idea, anyway. Shot down.)

11:32 AM  
Blogger Wendy Berrell said...

Glad you both enjoyed the poem.

Would nick name by Tenny? Kind of cool. Which kid though? Hard to imagine now.

TC: I was picking some late fall lettuce from a cold frame there for a while, but the hard freezes have done it in. No more. Still some trout in the freezer though. Maybe I'll do some thawing and cooking too - good idea.

10:37 PM  
Blogger Royce Gracie said...

That's a cool poem. Maybe we could put some chords to it. I could see Frodo and Sam singing that one.

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Blogger Wendy Berrell said...

Perfect call there. It has The Shire written all over it. Do put some chords to it when you get a chance.

8:09 PM  
Anonymous Jon Waske - Fly Fishing Artist said...

I am in MI and our snow is here. I love the Holidays and then I use the winter months to focus on my flies and art.

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