No Country for Old Men by Mary Ann Reilly


Small (23.2" x 15.5")

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Hudson River
New York State

Sailing to Byzantium – William Butler Yeats

That is no country for old men. The young
In one another’s arms, birds in the trees
- Those dying generations – at their song,
The salmon-falls, the mackerel-crowded seas,
Fish, flesh, or fowl, commend all summer long
Whatever is begotten, born, and dies.
Caught in that sensual music all neglect
Monuments of unageing intellect.


An aged man is but a paltry thing,
A tattered coat upon a stick, unless
Soul clap its hands and sing, and louder sing
For every tatter in its mortal dress,
Nor is there singing school but studying
Monuments of its own magnificence;
And therefore I have sailed the seas and come
To the holy city of Byzantium.


O sages standing in God’s holy fire
As in the gold mosaic of a wall,
Come from the holy fire, perne in a gyre,
And be the singing-masters of my soul.
Consume my heart away; sick with desire
And fastened to a dying animal
It knows not what it is; and gather me
Into the artifice of eternity.


Once out of nature I shall never take
My bodily form from any natural thing,
But such a form as Grecian goldsmiths make
Of hammered gold and gold enamelling
To keep a drowsy Emperor awake;
Or set upon a golden bough to sing
To lords and ladies of Byzantium
Of what is past, or passing, or to come.

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  • Tomatohead
    Tomatoheadover 5 years ago

    This makes me yearn toward it all – the boat, the sky, the water, and what a wonderful read to go with it…Nice to see you Mary Ann…;-)

  • Good to see you too Nels. I;’ve been in a bit of an art rut so this work felt good. Thanks for your comments:)

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • rosson1
    rosson1over 5 years ago

    This is truly beautiful Mary Ann…and the title . used by my favourite author!!!! An absolute hot shot for me:)

  • thanks Ralph. It’s hard to not be moved by Yeats.

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 5 years ago

    Perfect!!!!! Absolutely beautiful!!!!!

  • thanks so much:)

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • RonnieGinnever
    RonnieGinneverover 5 years ago

    Very special!

  • Ronnie, thanks:)

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • ooyayootay
    ooyayootayover 5 years ago

    Stunning! Beautiful shot! Well composed and executed! And thanks for the poem to accompany it!

    Excellent work, Mary Ann!

  • Yeats is always good to read aloud.

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • Bradley Nichol
    Bradley Nicholover 5 years ago
    • Well done Mary Ann – both photo and verse. It is great to be your colleague and also very ok to be able to do this:
  • Woo HOO: THanks BRadley

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • Karen K Smith
    Karen K Smithover 5 years ago

    Oh this is just excellent and congrats on the JPG Cast-Offs feature!

  • Thanks Karen. Feels good.

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonover 5 years ago

    Stunning capture, Mary Ann….and beautiful verse to boot!! Congrats on your well deserved feature!

  • Wendi thanks so much:~)

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • christopherwhit
    christopherwhitover 5 years ago

    A perfect example of when to place the subject Dead Center! The luminosity from the boat is exquisite.

  • Thanks Chris. It did seem to work:)

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • Richard  Stanley
    Richard Stanleyover 5 years ago

    Wow – what a delightful image!

  • thanks. The Hudson is spectacular

    – Mary Ann Reilly

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