My Cart 
Login 

Previous

Dream Song
by
Walter de la Mare


Next
 

Sunlight, moonlight,
Twilight, starlight ?
 
Gloaming at the close of day,
And an owl calling,
Cool dews falling
In a wood of oak and may.

Lantern-light, taper-light,
Torchlight, no-light:
Darkness at the shut of day,
And lions roaring,
Their wrath pouring
In wild waste places far away.

Elf-light, bat-light,
Touchwood-light and toad-light,
And the sea a shimmering gloom of grey,
And a small face smiling
In a dream's beguiling
In a world of wonders far away.
 

This poem is in the public domain.

 

Purchase a framed print of this poem.

 

Walter de la Mare (1873 - 1956) was a British author of diverse talent who wrote everything from horror stories to children's books. Known to family and friends as "Jack," his work tended to focus around the themes of childhood, imagination, and the supernatural. Happily married to a woman ten years his senior, with whom he had four children, Walter spent nearly twenty years working as a bookkeeper before a government pension finally allowed him to fully devote his time to writing. For more information, visit The Walter de la Mare Society website.

 

New comments are closed for now.
tannerlynne:
one of my favorite poets. Thank you
Posted 11/17/2013 08:00 PM
Sherry:
Ah, yes, Walter, the supernatural. I love a poet who believes in it and uses it in their work,...like me sometimes. :)
Posted 11/17/2013 10:51 AM
fer:
Another poet from my childhood. Ahhh, the images.... And the word 'gloaming' -- just beautiful. Thank you.
Posted 11/17/2013 07:28 AM


Contents of this web site and all original text and images therein are copyright © by Your Daily Poem. All rights reserved.
The material on this site may not be copied, reproduced, downloaded, distributed, transmitted, stored, altered, adapted,
or otherwise used in any way without the express written permission of the owner.