Sunday, November 01, 2009

Brown Penny
William Butler Yeats

I whispered, "I am too young"
And then, "I am old enough "

Wherefore I threw a penny
To find out if I might love.

"Go and love, go and love, young man,
If the lady be young and fair. "

Ah, penny, brown penny, brown penny
I am looped in the loops of her hair.
O love is the crooked thing
There is nobody wise enough
To find out all that is in it
For he would be thinking of love
Till the stars had run away
And the shadows eaten the moon.

Ah, penny, brown penny, brown penny
One cannot begin it too soon.