Too Short a Dream

[During her lifetime, Sibyl Mary Croly was a prolific poet. So far I have found over 200 published and unpublished poems. A Square Inch of Space (1974) and Mock Us Gently (1978) contained collections of her works. Numerous other poems were published in newspapers and magazines from 1902 to at least 1978.]

My father milked the cow by lantern light;
I stood in the shadowy barn, my pony came
and laid a friendly head against my shoulder.
I patted her, and when I left the barn
my dog went running with me toward the house.

This was the whole dream, a scene, a touch
of living memory from a distant past,
and all that day I felt I had been blest,
but I’d have loved to reach the kitchen door
and hear my mother say, “Come set the table.”

All of Sibyl’s poetry published to date on this website can be seen in these posts:

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