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?
An awkwardness, a shyness, and a scrap,
No thing that's truly me, a bootless waste,
A waste of myself and them, for my life is mine
And theirs presumably theirs, and cannot touch.

by Victoria Sackville-West

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Comments (18)

! am I and my circumstances said a famous Spanish philosopher called Ortega y Gasset. I think the spirit and words in this poem reflect the same idea.
SECOND and LAST PART: She always obeys the rules in her society. In this poem is her honest and free heart speaking. Royalties have constant duties in their society.What she cannot uttered to others in her society is written here. This i called her NOTES for herself, no poem, but her indirect complaints, noted in her block/agenda.
The other side of her life is constantly a life engaged in society. We forget that she is a society lady, she has always duties to do in her society, all things are arranged and noted in her agenda. When we have such a full agenda everytime, now then is this poem very logic to understand.
Oh, please read The Greater Cats by this author. It is lightning and all things powerful in a poem....so hugely better than this poem in my estimation. Victoria Sackville-West should be remembered by that poem rather than this one! ! I am very surprised that The Greater Cats wasn't chosen Poem of the Day rather than this piece.
I should think, with that attitude, that she would soon have every hour of every day to herself. I am a loner so I do understand her desire to be alone to do what she wishes to do with her time. On the other hand, it is good for the soul to have friends to expand your hours and your days into new worlds, into laughter, into sorrows shared. As far as poetry is concerned, this is well-constructed, well-written, and impassioned.
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