The Night Dream
Dreamed between 1926 and 1933 by Archibald MacLeish
Neither her voice, her name,
Eyes, quietness neither,
That moved through the light, that came
Cold stalk in her teeth
Bitten of some blue flower
Knew I before nor saw.
This was a dream. Ah,
This was a dream. There was sun
Laid on the cloths of a table.
We drank together. Her mouth
Was a lion's mouth out of jade
Cold with a fable of water.
Faces I could not see
This was a dream, Ah
This is from Poems, 1924-33 by Archibald MacLeish.
I haven't identified "R.L." yet. Anyone know? Though RL may be only the dedicatee, not the subject. Macleish loved his wife dearly and the dream-woman may well be her.
Date: the setting sounds Old World; the desert suggests a memory of his trip to Iran in 1926; drinking wine in the sun sounds Parisian (the Macleishes lived in Paris, 1923-28). The very next poem, to his wife, says "We have been lovers the twentieth year now" which dates it to the early thirties.
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