By Ella Wheeler Wilcox
There is an island in Slumber Sea
Where the drollest things are done,
And we will sail there if the winds are fair
Just after the set of the sun.
'Tis the loveliest place in the whole wide world,
Or anyway, so it seems,
And the folks there play at the end of each day
In a curious show called Dreams.
We sail right into the evening skies,
And the very first thing we know,
We are there at the port and read for sport
Where the dream folks give their show.
And what do you think they did last night
When I crossed their harbor bars?
They hoisted a plank on a great cloud bank
And teetered among the stars.
And they sat on the moon and swung their feet
Like pendulums to and fro ;
Down Slumber Sea is the sail for me,
And I wish you were ready to go.
For the dream folks there on this curious isle
Begin their performance at eight.
There are no encores, and they close their doors,
On everyone who is late.
The sun is sinking behind the hills,
The seven o'clock bells chime.
I know by the chart that we ought to start
If we would be there in time.
O fair is the trip down Slumber Sea,
Set sail and away we go :
The anchor is drawn, we are off and gone
To the wonderful Dream-town show.
This poem, one of the most delightful ever written by Mrs. Wilcox, has never before been printed. It was given by her to a little girl many years ago, and that little girl, now married, sent it to us.
Good Housekeeping Magazine 72 (Jan. 1921): 7.
Courtesy of John M. Freiermuth.
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