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Updated on March 5, 2012

By: Wayne Brown

Standing high upon the stage; a star in every sense

The audience is cheering; their applause so intense

But then I wake and see things are not as they seem

Why has my star risen so high only in my dreams?


College graduation is finally here as I walk the stage

Got the sheepskin finally and I’m ready to turn the page

But just as I grasp that diploma my eyes open wide

I awake from my sleep; once again my dreams have lied


The surgery is completed and the patient still holds to life

Thanks to the talents of my hands with the scalpel knife

The celebration is just starting as from my sleep I awake

Only to find that my success was only a dreamer’s stake


Love is all around me; it has found it’s way to my door

A beautiful woman in my arms; the girl I so adore

But her kiss is so fleeting as for her arms I long

As I wake and find only a dream; love has gone


Surely life has a purpose for me; there is so much I must do

Why is dream’s reality seemingly reserved for the very few?

I am willing to do my part and shoulder the heavy load

Why will my dreams not let me find a way on reality’s road?

In my dreams I am on top of the world for all to see

In my dreams I am being all that I can be

Yet no matter how hard I try to make it come through

Nothing comes of any of it; my dreams never come true


Maybe God has a plan which he does not think I need

Maybe there is a life plan in which I will succeed

If there is then I must know it so I can find my place

So I can let go of dreams and put reality in their place


Nothing seems forthcoming; there’s no message from on High

Life just keeps moving forward slowly passing me on by

But wait! It’s becoming more apparent as I struggle to try to see

The one thing that God’s wants most is for me to just be me!



I can hope and pray that the dreams will ever last

I can struggle and reach for things outside of my grasp

Or I can choose from many things; each one a life delight

Knowing anything that I can do is important in God’s sight


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    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @saddlerider1...much like that water which quenches our thirst, dreams fill our needs to envision something bigger and better in this life...they quench our mental thirst. WB

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      7 years ago

      I've been a dreamer all my life Wayne and I'm not about to stop now. I long for sleep to dream and some I wish never to wake up from, it's those demon filled ones that scare the heck out of me, yet I live with most of them so I'm getting use to them hanging around even in my dreams.

      Aw the great late Roy Orbison, with all the sadness that befell that great talent, it's no surprise the Lord took him to be with them. Beautiful scribe my friend, there have been so many fine tunes written and sung about Dreaming.

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @haikutwinkle...Thank you so much, I appreciate your insight and your wonderful words of encouragement. WB

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      7 years ago

      Dear Mr.Brown,

      This is a beautiful poem. I like it very much and sincerely believe that God only wants us to be ourselves. Sometimes life's challenges may cause us to feel "emptiness" and tried to hang on to material things or feel so "weak" that the soul is looking for ways to fill up its "emptiness".

      Some people could only take things at face value. Some people could see beyond appearances and appreciate the true value of another human. Some people take time to understand what was misunderstood at first and some don't.

      God's sight is the furthest!



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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @Becky...One thing is for sure...dreams are like the lottery, if you never play, you never win. I think we have to hold on to those visions of what we would like to accomplish and try to get there. Sometimes we have to compromise a bit but if the overall goal is fulfilled, then that is all that matters. As you point out, getting others to buy into those dreams is sometimes the biggest obstacles. Good luck with it all. WB

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      7 years ago

      My dream is to get a house built(by me, if necessary) that is paid for as being built. Since my husband is on disability and I am going to college, money is not abundant. In fact, sometimes, it is just flat scarce. I have a plan for an inexpensive, and easy build. I have a $40k inheritance coming someday(soon I hope). My mom died and am just waiting for my sister to sell the house. I just have to convince my husband. Bull-headed, obstinate, tired, and unable to help. That is the problem. I just want a place of my own for when things get tighter. He won't last forever and we are getting old. He is older and sick as well. Wish me luck.

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      The Frog Prince 

      7 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Wayne -Long in the tooth has never been in my job description. I'm gonna be asratchin' pardner.

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @writer20...The Lil' Penguin has helped me gain the mindset to write many pieces here on the hub. I would recommend his services to anyone! LOL! WB

      @Truckstop Sally....Dreams keep many folks going although I wonder if our dreams ever really work out to be what we thought they would be...things look different on the inside. Thanks for the great comments! WB

      @The Frog Prince...Wow...I hope it inspires you to go for it! Sometimes I think we convince ourselves that we are too long in the tooth to be dreaming but there are still many itches that deserve a scratch in this life. WB

      @attemptedhumor...Thanks much. My thoughts were with showing him that we all struggle with our dreams...things don't come easy for most folks. WB

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      7 years ago from Australia

      We all dream from time to time, often in a nonsensical manner, but sometimes our dreams really do come true. You covered a lot of aspects of this in a well put together poem. It's great to hear that you were inspired by a fellow hubber. This is an important ingredient in the hubpages cake and should be replicated more often. Cheers Wayne

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      The Frog Prince 

      7 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Wayne - WOW! I think you may have written that for me without knowing it. I was recently told by someone that what I have wanted to do for over 20 years and talked about quite often was just a dream, at least they thought it was. Yes, it is a dream but also one I plan to fulfill.

      Dreams can become more than a dream. They can becomes a reality for those of us who dare to dream and then act upon them.

      Peace to you and yours.

      The Frog

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      Truckstop Sally 

      7 years ago

      This is a beautiful poem. Sometimes our dreams are self-serving or not in sync with a master plan. It is truly divine when our daydreams and our nightdreams match - our conscience and subconscience. Hoping all your dreams come true - including the ones God has in store for you.

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      7 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Beautiful, wonderful. If only I could dream like you.

      Keeping and moving forward. Dont' forget that glass of wine to relax you.

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas very true, as you say, we need to spend more time listening and maybe we will discover a way to our dreams. WB

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      7 years ago

      Good morning Wayne Brown - what beautiful words you left for us on 'paper' - someone once told me that dreams were glimpses of things yet to come - who knows if they are here on earth or in heaven above. God has plans for all of us sometimes we just need to be quiet and listen and wait, and wait . . . (God's time, you know).

      God Bless and thanks again.


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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @MartieCoetser...We all struggle to have our dreams and sometimes we get them! WB

      @Hypenbird...Thank you...glad I could find the words for it. WB

      @RedElf...Thank you so much. I am glad to have that impact. WB

      @samiaali...I hope it does, a young man struggling with his own dreams inspired me to write it. WB

      @Genna East...Thank you. I am not sure everyone realizes that we all struggle to achieve our dreams...they come easy for the vast majority of people regardless of who they are. I know a lot of wealthy people who still cannot buy their dreams. WB

      @breakfastpop....I was hoping it would be for all the reasons I cited above to Genna. Thanks Poppy! WB

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      7 years ago

      Your message here is universal. I say if you can dream, it will come. Up awesome and beautiful!

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      Genna East 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Our dreams are what make us special, unique and human. God hears us, and those moments we “know” in some way that He is with us. That alone, brings such beauty and joy to the heart, as well as hope. Your wonderful poem reflected that moment, perfectly. Well done, Wayne, as always. :-)

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      7 years ago

      Hi WB, This was a truly beautiful poem. I think you touched a lot of people with this one. I vote this up! :)

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      7 years ago from Canada

      Beautiful words - deeply evocative. Thanks for this one, it made my evening.

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      Brenda Barnes 

      7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      God placed the capacity to dream within all of us. Sometimes I think it is the only way we can understand His plan for us. What a beautiful ode to dreams and dreamers you have written.

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      Martie Coetser 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      Lovely poem about dreams, Wayne. I believe dreaming is one of the reasons we keep on trying to achieve our goals. Roy Orbison’s ‘In Dreams’ is one of my favorites, especially at present.

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @Becky...Thank you, glad it had such a nice impact. WB

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      7 years ago

      Beautiful! Thank you, I needed this today. I am going to worship now.

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @mckbirdbks...I wrote a short comment to a young writer this morning who was questioning why his dreams seem to evade him...that inspired me. I wanted him to know that we are struggle in that way. WB

      @Poohgranma...Oh so true. Your husband hit the nail on the head and I'll be right there singing with you and Roy! WB

      @Sunnie Day...If it meant that much to you, I want you to just ramble on for it fulfills my dreams as you do it! LOL! We truly do need to find ourselves in a way that we know is special. My father could play the fiddle by ear from early childhood on...never a lesson. It would be the years after his retirement before he realized that his talent could be used to bring joy to so many who were in nursing homes around the county. For years his little band entertained those people and brought some fond memories to their minds. That was God's gift to dad and he share it with them. WB

      @dahoglund...So true...our ability to write comes so much from an unbridled imagination which can dream of things that may or may not be. That talent shared with others also allows them to dream and see their own visions. Bless you for sharing your abilities, DA! WB

      @No_Clue...Hey, if it had that much impact on your life today, I am truly humbled and also very thankful that I could have a positive impact. Thank you! WB

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      7 years ago

      Wayne, this was surely a message for me today, one that reached in and touched my trembling soul...thank you.

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Somebody once told me that if I want to be a writer I have to keep my head in the clouds and my feet on the ground.I guess we are all dreamers or we wouldn't be writing.

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      Sunnie Day 

      7 years ago

      Good Morning Wayne,

      This was really touching. It has always been a struggle for me between dreaming and keeping my feet firmly planted, being able to juggle the two. I don't think we should have to choose. I guess I have realized that everyday is a gift. Finding that special moment that will please God and take our eyes off our own yearnings for just a time. In the long is a win win situation. No loud voice saying "go this way or that" just keep moving..just keep giving, just keep loving..

      Thanks for letting me ramble...I just loved this so much.


      "Or I can choose from many things; each one a life delight

      Knowing anything that I can do is important in God’s sight"


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      7 years ago from On the edge

      If He hasn't said anything lately, keep doing what He told you to do the last time he spoke!

      We all serve a purpose, even if it is to be a bad example, quoting my dear husband.

      And Roy ... Oh man, I can't wait to get to Heaven. What a musical feast awaits us.

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      7 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Good morning Wayne. IF someone handed me this poetry with five names on top and your name was among them, I think it would have completely got by me that it is by your hand. That's not negative. Just you are always mending fences or making us laugh. This is somewhat serene.


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