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Roy’s Story: He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Posted by edincityoflit in Stories.

Guess which poem I ‘carry’ on my notice-board in front of me? The same one as Alan Cumming, but my reading is less about wobbliness and more about respect for people’s dreams ….

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.
by William Butler Yeats

Roy Cross is the Director of the British Council in Sweden, and was formerly Director of British Council Scotland.


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