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The Dreamer

The night comes down, in ever-darkening shapes that seem—
To grope, with eerie fingers for the window—then—
To rest to sleep, enfolding me, as in a dream
            Faith—might I awaken!
 
And drips the rain with seeming sad, insistent beat.
Shivering across the pane, drooping tear-wise,
And softly patters by, like little fearing feet.
            Faith—this weather!
 
The feathery ash is fluttered; there upon the pane,—
The dying fire casts a flickering ghostly beam,—
Then closes in the night and gently falling rain.
            Faith—what darkness!

Credit


This poem is in the public domain.

Author


Djuna Barnes

Djuna Barnes was born in Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York, on June 12, 1892.

Date Published: 1911-01-01

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/dreamer