Saturday, May 2, 2009

Edgar Allan Poe: A Dream Within A Dream

Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow--
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand--
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep-while I weep!
O God! can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?

I thought this poem captured the surreal essence of the series I am trying-keyword trying- here to work on. I may just start posting some of the thoughts in smaller bits than I had intended because I can start "Xing" things I want to double check off my list. Peace and be well anyone stopping by!


Anonymous said...

Its lovely Devin. Doesn't it just capture the fleeting feeling of life passing by and our reality drifting away.
Wishing you a great week.

Justin R. said...

I haven't read any Poe for a long time. Thanks for that Devin. I shall now promptly steal the text to put on an arts thread in a forum I visit.
The heathens must read it.

Devin said...

Aggie-I cant say think you enough for your thoughts on this poem-I was going to do some more W Blake-but I think he might even be introduced somewhere along the line in the Prophets and Possession" series so thought I would give Edgar some space-he was a cool guy also;-) I hope you are having a beautiful weekend and are getting ready to have a lovely week!!

Sub Specie-thanks so very much for stopping by!! your new article really got me thinking-and I appreciate that-and with me steal all you want!! ;-)I am very communal in my thinking-other people on the web have helped me much more than I have helped them-so its the least I could do!! I am trying to do research on the net about "The Nine" and the ancient ennead of gods of Egypt-of which I know next to nothing about-but your article and others have helped greatly!! all the best to both of you and thanks again for your comments!!

Devin said...

O and Aggie-"think" was supposed to be thank-haha-altho I do "think" your comments are always great!! all the best!!

Sharon Day said...

You do it every time, Devin. I think you have a sense for knowing what the masses need to hear when they need to hear them because I swear every time you post a poem, it's applicable to my life at the time. It reminds me of that game we used to play as kids...ask a question, open the Bible and the first thing you say seems to answer your question. Or what was the other one...Oh yes, the psalm that matches the year fits the year's situation, like psalm 23 suited 1923 or 2023... Ah, the innocense and wonder. That poem does that for me, kind of makes me feel you can scry the future with grains of sand by the way you sift it through your fingers and the way it blows. That I in this lifetime am much like those grains... Okay, now I'm in a fanciful mood. Thanks so much--today was a day of chores and duties and reading that poem just made me slow down and decide that tonight's about me doing what I want, a swim under the moonlight. Thanks! :-)

Julie Ferguson said...

I have to admit that I feel that way sometimes, especially lately. Thanks for posting this and have a nice weekend.

Devin said...

Autumnforest -thanks so much for your beautiful sentiment-not necessarily as it regards me-it is just a very nice thought to have and I always appreciate your comments so much!! You have a great way with words and I hope you continue to write your story-I think that would be great to see you get published!-then I will have yet another writer to give a shout out for-thanks again so much for stopping by and all of the hard work you do on your blog-I wanted to mention also in case I cant complete article (another rough draft) that I had bad connection probs yesterday-so I am hoping to be able to catch up with everyone's sites today and tomorrow god willing-I am also trying to follow the new people following my blog and it is doing the same thing as before where all it shows is their name-doesn't take me to their blog if they have one-sorry for throwing all of this in on your comment!! just wanted to let folks know whats going on if they comment and it doesn't get published for a bit and the like-best to you as always and thanks for your extremely nice comment and I hope you have a beautiful Sunday-all the best!!

Julie thanks so very much for stopping by-really want to say how much I appreciate everyone's thoughts and kind words-all the best to you and have a great Sunday!!

Unknown said...

Brilliant man, brilliant poem.

Devin said...

Hey Ricardo-so glad you enjoyed this also -I hope you have a fantastic weekend!! thanks so very much again for stopping by my little place on the web tonight-all the best to you!!