Poem of the Week

 Today is my final day working for The Reader Organisation, marking the end of the Reader-in-Residence project at Bibby Line Group. Consequently, this week’s poem comes a few days early.

 I’ve been thinking carefully about what sort of poem to pick this week . At first I thought of lots of goodbye//sorry-I’m-leaving//best wishes-for-the-future poems. None of them seemed quite right though.

 So in the end, it’s quite a personal choice. I’ve simply selected the first ‘proper’ poem that I decided I loved ten years ago, when I was about eleven. It was featured in a BBC drama– Sex, Chips and Rock ’n’ Roll – and although I can recall very little about the show itself, I do remember listening to one of the characters recite this poem, and realising that something absolutely magical was going on. I hope you enjoy it too.


He Wishes For The Clothes Of Heaven


Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,

Enwrought with golden and silver light,

The blue and the dim and the dark cloths

Of night and light and the half-light,

I would spread the cloths under your feet:

But I, being poor, have only my dreams;

I have spread my dreams under your feet;

Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

W.B. Yeats


To all the lovely people at Bibby Line Group who I have met, emailed or read with during the last twelve months – happy reading and keep dreaming always.



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6 responses to “Poem of the Week

  1. Luke

    I’ve heard better

  2. Colin

    A wonderful end to Ella’s stay with the Bibby Group. Am I the only one that wishes she could stay?


  3. Rhian

    Ella, I think you should stay! Don’t let the haters stop you from doing your thing!!! Braaa Braaa! You will be missed 🙂

  4. Luke

    I will miss the poems really Ella!! I hate goodbyes

  5. Sharon

    Fridays will never be the same again!

  6. Annon

    I think what Rhian is trying to say is she will miss you blud! Brrah Brrah!

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