Hearth,  Simple Living

Finding Innisfree

I originally wrote this post back in 2019, but for some reason it never made it to this blog. I was going through some old notes the other day, and found it still resonates true.


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

— The Lake Isle of Innisfree, W. B. Yeats

It’s been years since I first read the Lake Isle of Innisfree poem, and I loved it from the start. I was in a very different place in my life then, at home with my parents, just starting off in the tech world. As much as Innisfree sounded like a place I wanted to be, I didn’t spend too much time thinking of how I could get there.

Over the years the poem has directed decisions in my life, leading up to the most recent one of our little cabin project. Mr BirdCat equally likes the poem and the ideals behind it, so that is where we’re heading together!
My take on the poem is that it’s more of an internal peace. That being said, we’re going to do our best to make our external world the same — quiet, thoughtful, slow, and simple. Spending time working with our hands, unplugging from the tech and the business of life. I’m unsure if we’ll ever completely make it there, but the idea is to slow down on the journey, enjoy it and not rush things.

I’m so excited to be moving in this direction instead of the direction we could be going of the normal corporate grind. We’re working to become modern day peasants, and that’s perfectly fine for us. We only get one life on this earth, and to have the choice of which path to follow is something I hope I never take for granted.
This morning there is little I can do for the cabin as we wait for permits (We’ve since had our cabin in place, and working on finishing the extension for it after living in the 18m2/194sqft space for a year). Instead of spending my time flicking through the internet, I’ll spend time cleaning our current house. One step each day, make today a calmer happier space, and we’ll be one step closer to Innisfree.

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