A new installment of The Falling Dream newsletter has dropped – an exploration of dusk, dawn, and chasing the changing light. This issue features a visit to a mysterious bookshop and a riveting poem by Carl Sandburg. Overall goal: dream inspiration. Take a quick moment and check it out (and subscribe)!
A worn trail
lays upon our well-trodden path
and the sun
— Seemingly but not truly
the same to us —
will eventually though unhurriedly
collapse them into one
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?
The quiet of no one there
broken ice on the ground
a hard smack of frigid gusts
from water on the make to freeze
the long walk has taken you here
beckoned by the reeds
that eventually collapse in sway