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Day With Illusion

Updated on July 7, 2012

When you wake in your bed and the sun pours
Through your window soaking you in its warmth
That reminds you of an intimate dream
Of a lover who leaves when you open
Your eyes and you notice the empty bed
Showing an unfamiliar impression
Beside you warm from the sun then you know

A twilit dawn of between where physics
Flexes and perception melts into shapes
That striptease in peripheral vision
And resume commonplace as you turn
Seeing only graceful tree limbs instead
Where lithe extended arms swiveled your head
Leaving you to doubt your observations

As footsteps echo your own seemingly
Stopping a moment after yours have ceased
And in the store window a reflection
Beside and behind your own and not quite
A face but more like a trick of the light
A pentimento of some previous
Window shopper their image somehow there

Detained in some parallel universe
Where time moves comparatively slowly
Their moment being your day or decade
So here the translucent curve of shadow
Implying the elegance of a cheek
Remains imprinted in the light or mind
Not necessarily observing you

While you are quietly creative
Mysteriously out there in your kitchen
A pot shifts with a clank in the dish rack
The gradual effect of gravity
Or unseen hands compelled to adjust
Cookware or perhaps the trajectory
Of your reality or destiny

Returning to sleep perhaps you expect
The scarcely audible rustling of sheets
Seems to continue after you settle
Maybe anticipation arouses
Or maybe you feel the softest caress
That always knows exactly where to touch
And not merely your imagination


What is real and what is illusion? Some say that the physical existence - life - is an illusion. Some say it is an illusion that is forced upon us, and some say we choose to participate in the illusion. Clues are given. Occasionally we see the fabric fray or stretch and the curtain parts for a moment. Perhaps we witness an impossible event or someone we know experiences deja vu or prophecy, and we choose then either to adjust our understanding of space/time or simply shake our heads and go on with ... "our lives."

If life is an illusion, it is a beautiful illusion. In addition to being very convincing, it offers each individual a totally unique experience. Where else can you get that?

Illusion or reality, may yours be filled with happiness each and every moment.


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      Tom Rubenoff 4 years ago from United States

      Many compelling stories like "The Wizard of Oz", "The Matrix" and "Alice in Wonderland" are based on the flexible nature of our perception of reality. Dreams can seem real and life unreal. Sometimes the line between dreams and reality is blurred or seems to disappear. Thank you, Brenda!

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      Brenda Lorraine Scully 4 years ago from Ireland

      an illusion........ a dream, a good one or a bad one...... ahhhhh life,, who would be without it..... I like your work, it makes me think

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      Tom Rubenoff 5 years ago from United States

      Thank you, TK!

      Perhaps it is important to take it seriously, but not too seriously :)

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      kathryn1000 5 years ago from London

      I'd agree with that saying

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      TKs view 5 years ago from The Middle Path

      Nice read, Tom. One of my favorite sayings is, "It's all illusion, and it's all reality."

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      Tom Rubenoff 5 years ago from United States

      Thank you, Kathryn! :)

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      kathryn1000 5 years ago from London

      I love your work.

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      Tom Rubenoff 5 years ago from United States

      It's really fun when what we thought was illusion turns out to be real, Girshpuri. Then we have to rethink everything. :)

      Thank you, Kathryn! Every poet wants to touch the readers' hearts. Thanks again!

      Hmm, Raven. Are your inspiration and amazement real or illusion? I think I had a dream that you wrote this...

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      Ann 5 years ago

      Wow! I was amazed and inspired! What inspired you to write this masterpiece? :)

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      kathryn1000 5 years ago from London

      Wonderful... such composition,such art;you touched my heart.

      Much to think about in those images.Kathryn

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      Girish puri 5 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      I think we all experience illusion at times, knowingly or unknowingly, interesting share

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      Tom Rubenoff 5 years ago from United States

      Nothing like a little fun with space/time. Thank you, Xstatic and KJ for reading and commenting :)

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      kjforce 5 years ago from Florida

      Tom Rubinoff...nicely done, I commend you..your words flew onto the page only to absorbed by our eyes and into our minds....or was it an illusion ?

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      Jim Higgins 5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Wonderful expression of those things we all experience at times, and wonder about the reality of. Up, awesome, more!