Wake up man! Waken! Listen!
What is it?
Oh what a dream I’ve had, what a dream!
You mustn’t put out to sea today!
A voice was crying out to me
“This is the storm,
This is the first fierce cloud to gather”
Look to the west’ard!
A raincloud over the headland, a mist!
What a dream!
Foolish heart to fly in the face of omen.
The boat they found last Thursday,
When the sea had been silent for days.
O, the dream I’ve had.
About this poem
This poem was reproduced on a postcard for National Poetry Day 2007. Eight poetry postcards are published each year by the Scottish Poetry Library to celebrate National Poetry Day and are distributed throughout Scotland to schools, libraries and other venues. The theme for 2007 was dreams. You can find out more about National Poetry Day in our National Poetry Day pages, where you’ll also find resources to go with the poems.