Seeking After That Sweet Golden Clime

This sonnet is an allusion to William Blake’s poem “Ah! Sunflower” which is one of the most beautiful, divine Poems in the English language.

First posted on March 28, 2011

The quietness of solitude’s divine
There’s beauty in the peace of holding still
Alone, I climb my mountains, where I pine
The noise of my desire proclaims my chill
Arising from my grave, I wish to go
Where Ah! Sunflower counts the steps she takes
She said, “I love you.” I replied, “I know.”
But now my heart despises my mistakes
Before I was reborn, before I died
The life I lived, I’ve learned, was fraught with pain
Inflicted by that chill that I deride
The damages have healed, but scars remain
That Golden Clime is where I want to be
It’s sweet and quiet, and it beckons me.

Recording of the short story, Ah! Sunflower

mp3 of the song Ah! Sunflower

William Blake : Ah! Sunflower

Ah! sunflower, weary of time,
Who countest the steps of the sun,
Seeking after that sweet golden clime
Where the traveller’s journey is done;

Where the youth pined away with desire,
And the pale virgin shrouded in snow,
Arise from their graves and aspire;
Where my sunflower wishes to go.

William Blake (1757-1827) P. 1793

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