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 Angers,
Chateau in Angers,
Chateau in Angouleme,
Chateau in Angouleme,
Chateau near Blois,
Chateau near Blois,
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


48 thoughts on “Is It Time for Castles Yet?”

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

  2. 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.

    1. 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…

    1. As long as I don’t think too closely about the draughts, crumbling walls, cost of maintenance… oh, goodness, am I getting middle-aged or what?

  3. 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. 😉

      1. You know, it’s a lovely large place. Perhaps we could work out a sharing arrangement?

  4. 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….

    1. Thank you, Mary. I was originally going to post just the pictures, but then the prompt came up and I thought I should give it a little twirl!

  5. 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!

    1. Erm, yes. That’s probably why they are being sold.
      But hey, why let reality stand in the way of a good dream? (*fingers in ears, hums loudly*)

  6. 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

  7. 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.

    1. 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…

  8. 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.)

  9. 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 …

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

  11. 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!

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