Stranger Fruit

To a child dancing in the wind



To A Child Dancing In The Wind

Dance there upon the shore;

What need have you to care

For wind or water’s roar?

And tumble out your hair

That the salt drops have wet;

Being young you have not known

The fool’s triumph, nor yet

Love lost as soon as won,

Nor the best labourer dead

And all the sheaves to bind.

What need have you to dread

The monstrous crying of wind?

William Butler Yeats, 1916.


  1. #1 ed hessler
    August 27, 2006

    What lovely lines…what a lovely picture. A late summer poem at least for me.

    Thanks for posting this.

    PS–And please say something about “This Evolving World” when you finish it. I haven’t seen it yet but did scan the table of contents and it looks like a good read.


  2. #2 Jessie
    September 12, 2008

    Hello, John, I wanted to let you know I copied a photo and Yeats poem from your site and posted them on my blog. I hope you don’t mind. I put a link to your website at the bottom of the post. Having recently lost my nine month old son in a car accident, the words have a powerful significance for me and those who follow my blog. “Being young you have not known… Love lost as soon as won”

    Be well,

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