Sisterhood of the Traveling Books (Episode 9)

Velvet deep silence in an ancient grove of fir trees

“And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow…”

Ah, the velvet silence found deep in an ancient grove. Listen carefully and you might catch the muted roar of distant ocean breakers.

A long way from Yeats’ Ireland is the Oregon Coast, but the heart’s cry is the same. Who among us does not long for the peace of such a place? And yet peace is fleeting and its tranquil pulse difficult to capture, even for a poet. “It gave me a devil of a lot of trouble to get into verse,” Yeats says.

Good writing is like that. It’s timeless and honest and true. And anything but easy.

The Lake Isle of Innisfree
W. B. Yeats, 1865 – 1939

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made:
Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee;
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.

And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;
There midnight’s all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
And evening full of the linnet’s wings.

I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey,
I hear it in the deep heart’s core.

"Lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore..."

“…I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore…”

Today's book photobomb is Robin Helm's Guardian. Her Xander is right at home here.

Today’s book photobomb is Robin Helm’s Guardian. Her Xander is perfectly at home in this ancient grove.

Have a minute? Listen as Yeats reads his poetry. With off-the-cuff commentary, which for the writer is gold.


5 thoughts on “Sisterhood of the Traveling Books (Episode 9)

  1. Robin Helm

    You have chosen very well for Xander, Laura. Thanks. I’m exciting about rewriting the series this summer.

    I’d love to visit that forest myself. It’s beautiful.


    1. Laura Hile Post author

      I’m excited about the rewrite, too. Xander deserves to come off his Austen moorings. 🙂

      I cheated with the photobomb, by the way, pasting a color cover onto my Kindle’s screen. (The lower corner slops over onto my thumb!) And apparently this was offensive to my long-suffering Kindle. After four years of almost-daily use, the home screen will no longer display. Wah! Time for a new Kindle, and even my inner cheapster agrees.

      So I’ve been studying Kindles this morning. And thinking that Amazon gift cards are a most excellent Mother’s Day gift. Because I have 50 bucks waiting in my account!


      1. Robin Helm

        If you get a Kindle Fire, the covers will be in color. I have an old Kindle, but my smartphone displays the covers in color, and I really like it.

        Xander will start to sprout new wings this week. 😉


        1. Laura Hile Post author

          Round and round the Which-one-do-I buy Debate-o-Rama Wheel I go. I want the Fire, mostly for its text-to-speech feature (I listen to how-to books while I’m doing mindless tasks after school). Then I change my mind and want the plain E-Ink model. The latter I can have right now, the former I might be able to get at summer’s end. Now or later? Decisions, decisions.

          I’m headed home on the train tomorrow with my dead Kindle. Hooray for Kindle for PC.

          Every spare dollar is being horded for book self-publication. It’s a brave new world for me, but worth it. Stay tuned.


          1. Robin Helm

            You’ll be amazed at how little it costs to publish indie. I’ve begun to buy my cover photos from shutterstock, and I get 5 for $49. That’s less than $10 for a cover, if you design the rest of it yourself.



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