Monday, February 2, 2009

ere now

All day I hear the noise of waters

All day I hear the noise of waters
Making moan,
Sad as the sea-bird is, when going
Forth alone,
He hears the winds cry to the waters'

The grey winds, the cold winds are blowing
Where I go.
I hear the noise of many waters
Far below.
All day, all night, I hear them flowing
To and fro.

James Joyce (b. 2 february 1882 - d. 13 january 1941) novelist, poet, teacher

auspiciously in addition to being the 4th annual blogger (silent) poetry reading, today is also the birthday of james joyce - irish expatriate author extraordinaire. joyce's classic work ulysses has yet to be crossed off of my personal bucket list. but, if anyone can inspire me to read ulysses it is mj, who is, as was joyce, a novelist, poet, and teacher extraordinaire. mj this post is for you!

james joyce reading from finnegans wake

photo: lake erie january 2009


Gig said...

Perfect poem, perfect photo! A great gift for mj.

Colette Amelia said...

indeed, perfect photo, poem and greetings!

Roy said...

Huh! I forgot about today being Joyce's birthday. Great tribute post!

I'm currently putting together a Groundhog Day post, but first I need to go outside - it's supposed to get up around 50º here today, and I want to track down some unusual statues for Theme Thursday.

Avid Reader said...

Happy Birthday James Joyce. Happy Groundhog's Day!

Meri Arnett-Kremian said...

Reading Ulysses isn't even ON my bucket list. Now I'm feeling guilty. I posted an Ellen Bass poem for today.

Reya Mellicker said...


All this poetry this morning is reminding me how rich and thick the arts can be. What is it about poetry? It's not just that they use a few words to convey so much. There's more to it. It's magic.

Thank you so much.

LOVE the pic.

ArtSparker said...

rgtThere have been some wonderful poems wirtten about water, Joyce's would be one.

Come away, human child
To the water and the wild...

The Stolen Child, Yeats

(not really About water, but has water in it

Barbara said...

Such a perfect poem for this time of the year. I too have never tackled Ulysses, proclaimed by some to be the best book ever written.

R.L. Bourges said...


And the reading? A gift - the lilt, the rythm of his voice.

Merci, petite souris

tut-tut said...

hey; great poem for today. I learn something new everyday.

Coffee Messiah said...

Very nice and for some reason, never read any of his work either ; (

Megan said...

Good one!

John Hayes said...

That's a lovely poem by Joyce-- great selection, & a great photo to accompany it.

Once you actually get going on "Ulysses" it's a really a good read-- tho it's been a long time for me!

Betty said...

Thank you.

Merle Sneed said...

I missed the video. Beautiful poem and a amazing photo.

WAT said...

Happy Groundhog Day! Six more weeks of that white stuff I never see here in L.A.

Hang in there!

Cathy said...

thanks for recognizing his birthday! I couldn't get through ulysses, either, but he wrote a short story, and I'm forgetting the title, that's just amazing. I'll pull out my Norton anthology and email it to you. :)

Marilynne said...

I love your site.

Gary said...

Sorry I missed this poem yesterday, the 4th Annual Blogger (silent) Poetry Reading day, but I enjoyed it today just the same. Nice choice with Joyce. Although I really tried at one time to read Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man- great title - I had a difficult time with it. I wanted to read it 'right' and reading all of the authors notes and critical analysis took me forever. I should just read it without trying to let others tell me what the deepeer meaning is. It is so personal and subjective anyway. Joseph Campbell, he of Follow Your Bliss, LOVED Portrait.

tut-tut said...

L sent that to her former English teacher.

nessabates said...

Beautiful photo!