Fata Morgana


O sweet illusions of song
That tempt me everywhere,
In the lonely fields, and the throng
Of the crowded thoroughfare!

I approach and ye vanish away,
I grasp you, and ye are gone;
But ever by night and by day,
The melody soundeth on.

As the weary traveller sees
In desert or prairie vast,
Blue lakes, overhung with trees
That a pleasant shadow cast;

Fair towns with turrets high,
And shining roofs of gold,
That vanish as he draws nigh,
Like mists together rolled --

So I wander and wander along,
And forever before me gleams
The shining city of song,
In the beautiful land of dreams.

But when I would enter the gate
Of that golden atmosphere,
It is gone, and I wonder and wait
For the vision to reappear.

by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Comments (4)

very lovely portrayal of what love is.a ten from me.
such a sweet and cute little poem, this piece of work is so nice in it's simplicity. i especially like the second stanza X] very nice ~Katharine
cute...i like that..poem..
aww. very sweet and cute. fanastic job.