Love I Can not Keep

Dream falls from places

in my sleep,

giving life to hope

that was never mine to keep,


dreams wake and fly away

never really here,

belonging to a sleep,

that begged to keep her near,


If I refuse to wake

she is forever mine

forever in a dream

forever free of time.


Dreams wake from places

belonging to the deep

I wake to only me

and love I can not keep


It was never really here

belonging to the night

born within a dream

and dying with the light


I can only keep her here

if I forever sleep.

knowing her and knowing love

In dreams, I can not keep.

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tnderhrt23 5 years ago

I love this...dreams are so elusive... I love these lines"

"it was never really here belonging to the night

married to a dream vanishing on the light" This poem has a dreamy flow!


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arb 5 years ago from oregon Author

tnderhrt! what more can a poem ask, than for a tender heart, to find something in the lines to love! Thanks for reading and taking time to comment! be well.


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CMCastro 5 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

There are many times I wake up and my dream is still going on in my mind. And I find that I don't want to leave my dream either. I have found myself trying to return to the dream the following night. Dreams are very much reality as living in the wake of the day. Thanks.


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arb 5 years ago from oregon Author

CMCastro, Thanks for coming by and taking time to leave a comment. Well for sure, some dreams offer more than what sometimes,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,the day has prepared for us. Be well.


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sueroy333 5 years ago from Indiana

What a beautiful, and oh, so, true, poem.

My favorite line is "giving life to hope

that was never mine to keep"

I've never heard a dream better described.

beautiful!


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arb 5 years ago from oregon Author

Thanks sueroy! my wife wants to know what its about! I tell her its about her and she says she is here and I say, you are different in the dream.Not going over well!


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QudsiaP1 5 years ago

The flow of this touches my heart. You, sir, have a gift.


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arb 5 years ago from oregon Author

Hey, P. You are reading faster than I can reply. Thanks


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b. Malin 5 years ago

How sad and beautiful...again so nice to see another facet of your talented mind.


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arb 5 years ago from oregon Author

thank you b. I feel without your comments my writing is incomplete.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

sigh . . . so poignant and lovely, Alan. Deep, somehow.

Ran across this jewel and realized I didn't comment at the time - while looking for the hubs with the new photos on them! :-)


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

You never forget Nellieanna, you simply give reason to come again. A reason, I suppose to hope in your forgetting!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

Right - I don't forget, but If only I were so conniving as to plan this out. haha. Maybe my subconscious is! :-) It's actually like a whole new moment of discovering a lovely poem and getting almost to be visiting it for the first time. There is a lovely newness about it, like finding a strawBerry in a patch where one wasn't expecting it. :-)


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

Perhaps, I am taking one too many naps, out in the briar patch


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

Perhaps . . . in my experience, ANY activity, even naps, is disfavored by briars! ugh - oh, how I despise those things! Suggestion: Avoid whenever possible! :-) Suggestion 2: nap in cushy places.


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

naps want nothing more than a surrender. If I begin to tell them where, they may move on to easier prey.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

I see. . . Yes - surrender is good. (though surrendering on a comfortable surface with pleasant surroundings isn't a bad choice - what a softy, huh?)

But back to the subject at hand - that it's wiser to surrender to the conditions which the nap has chosen for one, letting the nap have its sole way, rather than to risk its abandonment if you should get too fussy. Hm. . . Or - do I detect a bit of an astonishing yogi-like self-sacrificial challenge in a feat such as lying on a bed of nails, using only the means of meditation to direct the course of the nap-experience, rather than attempting its domination and risk it's moving on? hm. Very in-ter-est-ing. . . . ;-)


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arb 4 years ago from oregon Author

Nap is my master! Just woke up!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

:-) Refreshing, isn't it? I confess to easily falling prey to unscheduled napping, wherever.


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adrienne7777 3 years ago from Pennsylvania

I loved it. It was so sad, but sometimes I wish I could stay within my dreams too.


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arb 3 years ago from oregon Author

Thank you adrienne7777. Appreciate your comment.


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phdast7 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Lovely, lovely, lovely....

In an entirely different vein, I laughed out loud at your comment to sueroy about Randy asking about the poem and your on the fly responses not going over so well. Sorry to laugh at your consternation,,,but not sorry enough not to laugh. :) I hope you are doing well and are not too over-burdened with the disability cases. Theresa

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