Garden Bloggers Muse Day – 1 July 2011

The Best Thing In The World by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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.

Garden Bloggers’ Muse Day is hosted by Carolyn Choi at Sweet Home and Garden Chicago.

5 thoughts on “Garden Bloggers Muse Day – 1 July 2011

  1. And which of these would you choose?

    Being subject to migraine, I’d edit out the light that makes us wink. ‘Beauty, not self-decked and curled Till its pride is over-plain;’ I’d like to mention that to some people occasionally – but then truth can cause pain so some is better avoided. And I WANT rain. Hmm. I’ll go for the ‘something out of this world’ please!

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  2. Lovely poem, and so of ‘place’, For me thewind from the south. invariably means rain. There is also a cattle shed in that direction so I can literally smell that it will rain!

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