Saturday, December 4, 2010

The Rhyme of the Dream-Maker Man

The Rhyme of the Dream-Maker Man

Down near the end of a wandering lane,
That runs 'round the cares of a day,
Where Conscience and Memory meet and explain
Their quaint little quarrels away.

A mist air-castle sits back in the dusk
where brownies and hobgoblins dwell
And this is the home
Of a busy old gnome
who is making up dream-things to sell,
My dear,
The daintiest dreams to sell.

He makes golden dreams of wicked men's sighs.
He weaves on the thread of a hope
The airiest fancies of pretty brown eyes,
And patterns his work with a trope.

The breath of a rose and the blush of a wish
Boiled down to the ghost of a bliss,
He wraps in a smile
Every once in a while
And calls it the dream of a kiss,
Dear heart,
The dream of an unborn kiss.

Last night when I walked thro` the portals of sleep
And came to the weird little den,
I looked in the place where the elf-man should keep
A dream that I buy now and then.

`Tis only the sweet happy dream of a day-
Yet one that I wish may come true-
But I learned from the elf
That you'd been there yourself
And he'd given my dear dream to you,
He'd given our dream to you.

~William Allen White


The Passionate Palate said...

Dearest Scarlett, my humblest apologies for not having been by sooner. Lucky me that I picked today to stumble into this humble abode of your blog and read "The Rhyme..." What timing! I just made a commitment yesterday to get serious about dreams and apply myself to lucid dreaming. This poem touches a deep chord in my heart or reminds me of some other dimension I have wandered through. Thank you bella. P.S. I have missed your blog much and hope that life is treating you and Viaggatore well. xo

heartinsanfrancisco said...

"The dream of an unborn kiss" -- what a wonderful line! This is lovely, just what I needed to read today.

Wanderlust Scarlett said...


Oh my goodness, it's wonderful to hear from you! I'm so glad that this touched you! It's a delightful, sweet poem; a mysterious, sumputous feast for the imagination.

Dearest Hearts,

Isn't that an enchanting line? I love it, too. I'm so glad you enjoyed it. :D
Sometimes small pleasures are the most precious, aren't they?

Scarlett & Viaggiatore

Vesper said...

Scarlett, this is so beautiful!!! Thank you for giving it to us, it brought me joy and the dream of a dream...

Wanderlust Scarlett said...


Isn't it wonderful! I loved it so much that I had to share it. I'm delighted that you enjoyed it, too.

Scarlett & Viaggiatore

Nicky Schmidt said...

Oh I do agree with heartsinsanfrancisco - that line "the dream of an unborn kiss" is just gorgeous!