Three sisters dancing hand in hand
They turn and whirl each in her world
At different speeds disturb the leaves
Which dancing from the forest floor
Reject the empire of the wind
Three sisters dancing hands apart
They look at nothing but the leaves
If one begins to glow with fire
If one begins to freeze with ice
They will not know, they will not meet
Three sisters dancing on the heath
Long after forest decayed and died
The one is like a flaming torch
The other cold and deadly dry
The third alive and stepping high.
Now you may, if you disobey certain academic orthodoxies, wonder what on earth this poem is about. My usual advice is not to get hung up on meaning but to read the poem, accept the images and wait to see if it makes sense. The sense you find may not be the one uppermost in my mind.
Sometimes I have explained something of the poem’s meaning and origins. This time I fancy leaving it as it is, as a sort of puzzle, for the time being, and saying: there is a predominant meaning. I’d be curious to see if someone gets it.