Poetry of Kansas

A Dream.

I dreamed a dream in a winter night,
    When sullen winds blew about the door.
And over the snow fields, cold and white.
    And through thee forest with muffled roar.
Through all the wintry sounds, I heard
    The rustle of a tiny wing;
And wildly carrolled a dear brown bird
    The bird that sings at the gates of spring.
My pulses leaped with a sudden thrill!
    Was the winter gone? I thought in my sleep___
Had spring come in with that silvery trill?
    Would storms no longer their wassails keep?
I woke and there came. in frosty bars,
    The light of a pale and gloomy moon,
And the far, faint twinkle of the misty stars:
    And the cold winds chanted their midnight tune.
Gone was the rustle of tiny wing;
    Silent the song of the dear brown bird;
Closely barred stood the gates of spring,
    And the chant of the wind was all I heard.
So the pilgrim dreams; and he hears afar
    The harps of gold; and the radiant gleam
Comes flashing through the gates ajar
    Of the sea of glass, and the crystal stream.
But he wakes: and closed are the pearly gates;
    Gone is the music, the flash and gleam;
But he goes his way, and in patience waits___
    He goes his way, but keeps his dream!.

__Ellen P. Allerton.

Walls of Corn and Other Poems
Ellen P. Allerton
(Hiawatha, KS: Harrington Printing Company. 1894)
Pages 189-190

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