Victoria Sackville-West Poems
- Days I Enjoy Days I enjoy are days when nothing happens, ...
- And So It Ends And so it ends, We who were lovers may be ...
- Making Cider I saw within the wheelwright’s shed The big ...
- Bitterness Yes, they were kind exceedingly; most mild Even ...
- Leopards At Knole Leopards on the gable-ends, Leopards on ...
- Tuscany Cisterns and stones; the fig-tree in the wall Casts ...
- The Greater Cats The greater cats with golden eyes Stare out...
English poet and novelist, born into an old aristocratic family, proprietors of Knole House in Kent. Vita Sackville-West wrote about the Kentish countryside and she was the chief model for Orlando in Virginia Woolf's novel of that same title from 1928. Sackville-West's best known poem, THE LAND, was awarded the Hawthorne Prize in 1927.
The country habit has me by the heart,
For he's bewitched for ever who has seen,
Not with his eyes but with his vision,
Flow down the woods and stipple leaves
('Winter' from The Land)
Victoria Mary Sackville-West was the only child of Lionel Edward, ... more »
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Days I Enjoy
Days I enjoy are days when nothing happens,
When I have no engagements written on my block,
When no one comes to disturb my inward peace,
When no one comes to take me away from myself
And turn me into a patchwork, a jig-saw puzzle,
A broken mirror that once gave a whole reflection,
Being so contrived that it takes too long a time
To get myself back to myself when they have gone.
The years are too strickly measured, and life too short
For me to afford such bits of myself to my friends.
And what have I to give my friends in the last resort?