In Half-Dreams That Shift and Roll

“Thin are the night-skirts left behind
By daybreak hours that onward creep,
And thin, alas! the shred of sleep
that wavers with the spirit’s wind:
But in half-dreams that shift and roll
And still, remember and forget,
My soul this hour has drawn your soul
A little nearer yet.”

-Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882),
from “Insomnia”


Bedtime for Baby Girl, Β© 2013 by Gina Marie Lazar Lovrencevic.
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6 responses to “In Half-Dreams That Shift and Roll”

  1. Huge Rossetti fan here…I’m trying to find time to attend the Pre-Raphaelite painting and drawing exhibit that’s currently on in DC. His poems are equally as powerful. And your boxer is adorable!

  2. Thanks for stopping by, Patricia! I also adore Rossetti, and I’m so glad you mentioned the exhibit happening in D.C. It looks as if it goes until May 19th, so I will make a plan get down to the National Gallery before then. Road trip! πŸ™‚

    Also, Baby Girl the Boxer appreciates your compliment.

    Best wishes,
    Gina Marie

  3. Wow beautiful and I love the picture, it is so dreamy!!

  4. Thanks, Ilona. I’m mildly obsessed with the poem. πŸ™‚ I love the rhythm and the cadence of his words.

  5. gentlestitches Avatar

    Pure joy!