The Best Thing in the World
What's the best thing in the world?
June-rose by May-dew impearled;
Sweet south-wind, that means no rain;
Truth, not cruel to a friend;
Pleasure, not in haste to end;
Beauty, not self-decked and curled
Till its pride is over-plain;
Light, that never makes you wink;
Memory, that gives no pain;
Love, when so you’re loved again.
What’s the best thing in the world?
—Something out of it, I think.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806 - 1861)
I Stepped from Plank to Plank
I stepped from Plank to Plank
A slow and cautious way
The Stars about my Head I felt
About my Feet the Sea.
I knew not but the next
Would be my final inch —
This gave me that precarious Gait
Some call Experience.
Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886)
The Beloved (1865 - 66)
Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828 - 1882)
Thanks to my dear friend Jes for this lovely birthday present --
every painting is lush and every poem mystical!
But best of all is this poem to me composed by Jes herself:
And another word that does not apply.
Please accept this woeful
Coming from my heart’s nitty gritty.
Much 💗 and thanks for my always-perfect card.