Guest poem submitted by Jessica K. Schnell:
(Poem #1963) Brown Penny
I whispered, "I am too young," And then, "I am old enough"; Wherefore I threw a penny To find out if I might love. "Go and love, go and love, young man, If the lady be young and fair." Ah, penny, brown penny, brown penny, I am looped in the loops of her hair. O love is the crooked thing, There is nobody wise enough To find out all that is in it, For he would be thinking of love Till the stars had run away And the shadows eaten the moon. Ah, penny, brown penny, brown penny, One cannot begin it too soon.
This little poem was recited by Christopher Plummer in the 2005 motion picture "Must Love Dogs," and a part of the reason for my submitting this particular selection. It seems all too rare that poems are found in modern culture, and always a wonderful surprise when quoted in films (another popular W. B. Yeats one is Poem #597). And, as always, I delight in poems that encourage one to carpe diem and be run away with love. Jessica.