fantasy castle in cloudsI’m really busy with my thesis work this week, so I thought I would share some more of my poetry with you. I wrote this particular poem after a really bad breakup. It was inspired by a quote from Henry David Thoreau: “If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” Enjoy 🙂

The Castle Crumbles

We built a castle in the air—

and as Thoreau or maybe Emerson advise,

we tried to put a foundation under it—

and it was all I could have wished.

Though I’ve never been much for dreams,

I liked this one, perhaps or certainly because

it seemed real. We watched the thunderstorms

and listened to the rain crash around us,

beauty so great we thought we’d never want to leave.

I couldn’t see the ground beneath us anymore,

but I said it was ok because our castle was still anchored.

A good castle is mostly flights of fantasy, with just a dash

of intruding reality to keep you sane.

But one day without warning,

the storms cleared and I found reality far away.

Most fantasies crack before they collapse,

but our castle crumbled at a touch of the sun.

We built too high and forgot our roots

and all I could do was watch as things fell apart.

Now, from earth, I see only broken remnants.

I’ll leave the castles in the air to the dreamers,

and content myself with the storms below.


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