The Lights of New York by Sara Teasdale

Sara Teasdale wrote many poems about love, longing, and New York City. Here is a poem that combines all three, with the moon gazing down in wonder at the electric, always-on lights of a city that never sleeps. These are lights that inspire and energize, that widen the eyes and keep you seeking and striving and hungry for more of whatever it is your are looking for.

(From Rivers to the Sea, 1915.)

Are you heading towards the lights?

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The Dark Chateau by Walter de la Mare

DREAM STATE POEM: The Dark Chateau
By Walter de la Mare
(from The Listeners and Other Poems, 1916)

This is an ominously rich poem in which the dreamer, and only the dreamer, stands before a once-glorious chateau, now ruinous and frightening — willing and wishing to enter… only in dreams. Walter de la Mare began writing while working as a bookkeeper in the 1890s. He wrote poetry, stories, and novels, and gained renown for his work in children’s literature. Themes of dream-like imaginations and visions are a consistent through line throughout his entire body of work, most especially pronounced in his poetry.

Have you visited a dark chateau, in your dreams?

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