Tread softly


This week, Ailsa asks us to share images which fit the theme, ‘Soft’.  I have never touched a cloud, but they always look to me, as soft as a pillow. When I was thinking of clouds and sky, the beautiful poem, “The Cloths of Heaven,” by W.B. Yeats, came into my mind. It was set to music, by the American composer Z. Randall Stroope and I spent many hours practising it, when I used to take singing lessons.

“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 (1865–1939)

This soft little angel is my 3-year-old granddaughter. 🙂

To see Ailsa’s lovely soft images, and other entries for the theme, click here.

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87 comments on “Tread softly

  1. “The Cloths of Heaven” is perfect for this entry. I could feel the softness of the clouds envelope me…hear the music you once played and then see that precious granddaughter who brightens your world. Heavenly!

  2. I adore clouds and your images are gorgeous. The Yeats’ poem is the perfect accompaniment. What a precious child your little granddaughter is! A delight! Thanks for a great share!

  3. Beautiful granddaughter, lovely photos. Having gmail problems can’t seem to connect, but fortunately saw you on Facebook. In general SA seems to be in for internet problems today, or at least Cape Town.

      • YW 🙂 No,haven’t had much to post-what little riding Nick and I have been doing is basically laps around the (trailer) park,less than 5 miles at a time,and no pics,LOL! Still anxiously waiting for Brown Santa (UPS 😉 ) to deliver the new 29″er SS project,supposed to be here sometime Tuesday,so I’ll be posting about htat then as well 🙂

      • Me too,LOL! The bike is still site-unseen by my eyes. All told after shipping and all it wound up being a bit more than expected ($287.50 shipped)…and if I just ran to the lBS and bought new the items that I KNOW it to need,it would have been about the same to have ordered the brand-shiney-new Gravity G29 (the front suspension model),but I digress,even if I must sandblast and powdercoat (pssshhhht! I’ll just rattle-can spray paint it 😛 ),and I’ll be pulling the remaining parts off the beloved Bandersnatch to build it up (not leaving it bare-frame,I’ll swap the parts around),and I digs a project anyways 😉 Besides,if I were to have bought the G29,this would be the frame I would have been buying next year to upgrade to 😛

        Nick and I actually just got back from a mini-road ride (literally 10 minutes ago) of around 6 miles around the area back roads. I doubt I’ll post about it-no pics and low mileage-but one never knows 😛

      • That sounds like you’ve got some work to do,Steve, but I’m sure you’ll make a good job of it. ^ miles sounds quite a nice ride. I think I could manage that. 😀

  4. Lovely and fitting as always… especially given the soft little angel at the end…
    I love and enjoy your blog very much, too!

  5. Love the Yeats poem (so perfect for the challenge!) and your beautiful cloud pictures. And your little angel is darling! I especially love the photo itself, with the soft movement that makes her look truly like a heavenly being. 🙂

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