THE POETIC BLOOMINGS READING ROOM #57 – A DREAM WITHIN A DREAM

Edgar Allan Poe

In a random twist of coincidence, this week’s featured poet is again Edgar Allan Poe. The poem chosen today is his “A Dream Within A Dream”. It speaks to the ‘reality’ of life as if lived within a dream. Sometimes our personal perceptions become our reality. A most tenuous grip. But through it all, hope is the guiding tenet by which we embrace this life.

A Dream Within a Dream

By Edgar Allan Poe

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 the 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?