‘Tread softly because you tread on my dreams’

William Butler Yeats is one of my favourite poets. I used lines from his poem ‘The Second Coming’ for the epigraph of Devil and the Deep:

The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned

The WB Yeats’ poem I love best, though, isn’t apocalyptic, but stirringly beautiful and soulful: 

He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven
Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

Writer. Bibliophile. Bench+view lover. Aspiring cake baker (accomplished cake eater).
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