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Is It Time for Castles Yet?

Not for me a timid manor-house, a larger-than-average barn:

Towers, sculptures, crenellations are things I yearn.

A place where my imagination and I can gallop unfettered,

where no one has tethered my quiver so impatient.

Castles in Spain? Pah! I scorn!

It’s the chateaux in France that I adore!


It’s Friday, it’s been a crazy week, so I felt like having a silly little ditty to accompany the pictures below. I am also responding to the prompt over at dVerse Poets, where we are asked to experiment with slant rhymes: the ones that sound nearly but not quite right, and are so much more interesting than perfection!

Chateau in Angouleme,

Chateau in Angouleme,

Chateau near Limousin,

Chateau near Limousin,

They probably have libraries already, but just in case you are looking for the perfect one… (I may have posted this picture before, but it’s just the most romantic chateau library I have ever seen).

Chateau de Groussay, from

Chateau de Groussay, from


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48 thoughts on “Is It Time for Castles Yet?

  1. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade) on said:

    I think it’s sweet as well as fun; easy to enter into the spirit of. :)

  2. Brendan on said:

    Yes, we may have exhausted perfection & emptied Eden with our dead-on rhymes. Delight in a tad of disorder, the one loose string in the whole magnificent bodice … I’m not sure you fully widened the paradox here. In my imagination I can’t quite see the difference between a castle in Spain and a chateaux in France, but then I live in suburban Florida where we note the wild difference between a house built in 1923 and 1950.

    • Tsk, tsk… do you not see the gorgeous symmetry of French hauteur and sang-froid, compared to the … well, I don’t know, I haven’t researched castles in Spain yet, but it’s the saying…

  3. Great post and poem :D Think I’d take a castle any day!

  4. Marina Sofia – Oh, what a fun little poem! And those ‘photos are wonderful. I think I choose the one near Blois – the third one down. I’ll be arriving next week. ;-)

  5. You are a very discriminating dreamer! enjoyed pics and poem both! Thanks. K.

  6. oh i can see why it is gorgeous…and those places are so full of story your imagination would probably have a hard time keeping up….smiles….

  7. These places look wonderful. Perfect for browsing their libraries and finding a comfy nook to read a book in :)

  8. Oh yes, I would take a chateaux in France as well. Enjoyed your poem as well as the photos.

  9. Absolutely. France every time. Those roof lines are always fascinating. My OH is busy making a faux chateau on an old lorry chassis for our carneval float for 13th July, for which the theme is the Chateaux of the Loire.

  10. they are majestic… I perfect towering wood… of French descent are you?

  11. i so love this big dream…what beautiful places where imaginations truly “gallop unfettered”…

  12. Blois, I think, for me this week – but only because Chenonceau isn’t on offer…

  13. Nice poem! Yes, there are some beautiful chateaux here. Not sure how much it costs to maintain them. I am certain the bills would bring anyone to reality!

  14. It looks splendid.. Though personally I want the moats and bulwarks in a castle.. ;-)

  15. HaHA! You can have the castles and I will have the barns, just one small one.

  16. ha – i would want to stay in that one with the big library – and would probably stay there all day… no fun to hoover a whole…smiles

  17. Glenn Buttkus on said:

    So strange for the blue collar guy like me to tour those wealthy mansions. Like Heart’s Castle in San Simeon, CA. The 1% just drench themselves in excess, while the rest of us just are happy in a hovel with a good roof over it. Your brevity serves you well though on this prompt; very cool.

    • In my childhood (as we moved from one grubby rented accommodation to the next) it never occurred to me that it wouldn’t be possible some day to own a castle with vineyards, orchards, beehives etc. And when it finally dawned on me in my 30s that I would never earn enough money for that (at least not through honest work), it was quite a disappointment. So I make up for it by collecting these pictures to torment me…

  18. Your love for the subject shines through, and the chateaus are just gorgeous–some great slant rhymes, as well(I like tether-quiver a lot.)

  19. I wish I could stay in the second one..and that interior pic of a library is great! Your poem is quite good, accurate and revealing of a passion of yours …

  20. They are stunning, Marina – I like the second one, too – and I think your slant rhymes hit the button :)

  21. Well I would love those visit those grand buildings ~ Enjoyed your rhyming verses & pictures too ~ Happy weekend ~

  22. It’s always fun to find pictures like these to daydream about in my Inbox. :) Thanks for sharing your slanty rhymes and the lovely photos!

  23. Fun and cool, I’ll be in the library.

  24. I’d love a castle too…especially if I could have that library!

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