06 April, 2015

E is for Energy [A to Z Challenge 2015]

Energy is what I have too little of today. Do you know that aching weariness that seeps deep into your bones and slows every action you attempt? That's what I often go through. Not only am I still recovering from the surgery I mentioned in Thursday's post, but I also have thyroid disease and the last vestiges of adrenal fatigue. Today, all three have conspired against me and my brain is moving slower than a snail.

So, I will simply absorb others' words today and perform lots of blog hopping. While I do, allow me to offer this small token to your own visit: a tidbit from one of my most favorite poems.

The Lady of Shalott

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Part I

On either side the river lie
Long fields of barley and of rye,
That clothe the wold and meet the sky;
And thro' the field the road runs by
       To many-tower'd Camelot;
The yellow-leaved waterlily
The green-sheathed daffodilly
Tremble in the water chilly
       Round about Shalott.

Willows whiten, aspens shiver.
The sunbeam showers break and quiver
In the stream that runneth ever
By the island in the river
       Flowing down to Camelot.
Four gray walls, and four gray towers
Overlook a space of flowers,
And the silent isle imbowers
       The Lady of Shalott.

Underneath the bearded barley,
The reaper, reaping late and early,
Hears her ever chanting cheerly,
Like an angel, singing clearly,
       O'er the stream of Camelot.
Piling the sheaves in furrows airy,
Beneath the moon, the reaper weary
Listening whispers, ' 'Tis the fairy,
       Lady of Shalott.'

The little isle is all inrail'd
With a rose-fence, and overtrail'd
With roses: by the marge unhail'd
The shallop flitteth silken sail'd,
       Skimming down to Camelot.
A pearl garland winds her head:
She leaneth on a velvet bed,
Full royally apparelled,
       The Lady of Shalott.

If you would like to read the entire poem, you can find it here. I highly recommend taking the time if you have it. It's truly beautiful.

Until tomorrow, dear readers!


  1. ...quoted Anne Shirley as she lay in a sinking rowboat, only to be rescued by Gilbert.

    1. Well, of course. How do you think it got to be my favorite? ;)

  2. Jessica - I sympathize as I have fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue and there are days and then there are daaaaaaay . . .
    I hope you have a speedy recovery from your surgery - with the kind of conditions you have it makes it even harder.

    1. I'm so sorry to hear it, Judith. While it makes for great empathizing, I think we'd all rather live without the issues.

  3. That is a lovely poem. I will read it entirely! I'd never heard of it before. Thank you.

  4. It is very beautiful!
    I hope you feel better soon!
    @Get Lost in Lit

  5. I've been sapped of energy lately as well (though unlike you, I don't really have a valid reason for it). and that is a truly beautiful poem, I love reading (and re-reading poetry), I find that the lyrical words often inspire me or lift me up when I need it. :) Good luck with the A to Z challenge!

    Leesha @ www.prolixme.wordpress.com

    1. They definitely have that ability. And you don't have to have a reason - sometimes we don't feel so hot.

  6. This is actually my first time reading this poem, despite how much I know about its history! Lovely. And hope you get your energy back soon. :)

    Alex Hurst, A Fantasy Author in Kyoto
    A-Z Blogging in April Participant

    1. Thanks, Alex! I can never read it enough.

  7. Lovely! Thank you!!! Hope your energy gets back to you!!! :)

  8. Hope you feel better soon! Blog hopping is a good way to pass the time, This is a great poem! I love the scene in Anne of Green Gables too!

    1. It did pass time quickly, too! Anne recites it beautifully.

  9. I have had thyroid problems for the last eight or nine years. They were brought on by Lyme disease. Thankfully I've been able to conquer the Lyme disease and have my thyroid under control now. I hope you are able to feel better soon.
    Thanks for visiting my blog! Good job keeping up with the challenge!

    1. I'm so sorry to hear it, Aidyl. I'm glad you've gotten it under control. We're still working on mine. Good luck to you!

  10. So sorry to hear your having a rough day! I am tired a lot too, but I blame mine on sheer laziness! Ha!
    I love that poem, thanks for sharing :)
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  11. I can relate to exhaustion and health crud. :( Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope you're feeling more energetic soon!

    1. Thanks, Kristen! I'm happy you decided to visit back!


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