Thoughtful Thursday: Where “peace comes dropping slow” (giveaway!)

St. Patrick’s Day always sees me turn to my favorite Irish poet (perhaps just my favorite poet): William Butler Yeats. For your enjoyment, we’ve pasted one of his more famous poems below — “The Lake Isle of Innisfree.”

The Lake Isle of Innisfree

For our own genre twist, we’re wondering what place in a fantasy/sci-fi setting you’d pick to go to for some blissful, rejuvenating solitude. Not necessarily the place you’d most like to go, not necessarily the most beautiful or most exciting, but the place where “peace comes dropping slow,” the place you’d choose to get away from the hurly-burly of the world.

What will it be? The Hall of Fire in Rivendell? Andelain in The Land? What’s your solo getaway spot? We’ll take an entire planet, a region, a town, a house, a room, even a virtual setting.

We’d love to say one lucky commentator will get a round-trip to their own personal Lake Isle, but instead, they’ll have to settle for a giveaway book from our stacks (though let’s face it, for many of us, books are our peaceful, blissful getaway…)

The Lake Isle of Innisfree

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 gray,
I hear it in the deep heart’s core.

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BILL CAPOSSERE, who's been with us since June 2007, lives in Rochester NY, where he is lately spending much of his time trying to finish a book-length collection of essays and a full-length play. His prior work has appeared in Colorado Review, Rosebud, Alaska Quarterly, and other journals and been recognized in the "Notable Essays" section of several Best American Essay anthologies. When he's not writing, reading, reviewing, co-writing the Malazan Empire re-read at, or working as an English adjunct, he can usually be found with his wife and son on the frisbee golf course, the ultimate frisbee field, or trying to keep up with his wife's flute and his son's trumpet on the clarinet he just picked up this month.

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  1. Von Berry /

    I think I would love to be in the Candle Keep in the D&D world of Greyhawk. All those books to read.

    A most beautiful peaceful place would be the forest of Lothlorian. The peaceful woods and natural setting would be wonderful.

  2. mary henaghen /

    Campanion’s Field in Valdemar. It’s always struck me as a wonderful place to relax and regroup.

  3. John Smith /

    I think there were places in “The Martian Chronicles” that seemed cool, places where I wanted to be. Abandoned cities? Places where I could just explore and treasure hunt in the abandoned dwellings?

  4. It’s hard to top Rivendell or The Shire. But Paranor (The Sword of Shannara) also comes to my mind.

  5. April /

    Well, I actually get a lot of peace and solitude in my life but I also don’t get a lot of relaxing time. So, I’d have to say Callahan’s Crosstime Saloon where I could relax, laugh, have fun and hob nob with leprechauns and time traveling aliens.

    • Becky Aswell /

      Wouldn’t that be the best! Thanks for reminding me.

    • Callahan’s! Where the toasts are raucous and the puns a blast, and shared misery and joy have the appropriate mathematical functions applied.

  6. It took me a bit, but Luthe’s house from Robin McKinley’s Damar stories.

    What first occurred to me was the summer camp in Hocking Hills, Ohio that I attended and later worked at, Camp Wyandot. That’s my “peace comes dropping slow” place.

  7. Sandy Giden /

    I’d go with Rivendell.

  8. E.J. Jones /

    I was going to do Rivendell, but then I saw Melita’s comment and decided I’d join her at Luthe’s house.

  9. April, likes you! If you live in the USA, you win a book of your choice from our stacks.
    Please contact me (Marion) with your choice and a US address. Happy reading!

  10. April /

    Yes but my email doesn’t. I had to come looking for this as it won’t notify me anymore. Probably a hotmail thing.

    Thank you!

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