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Daydreaming

Updated on June 4, 2017
Art by Maxfield Parrish
Art by Maxfield Parrish

Daydreaming

Like feet that swiftly scurry through my mind,

Those days when I was young come back to me,

And leaving what I think of now, I find

Myself entranced with things that once did be.

Art by Maxfield Parrish
Art by Maxfield Parrish

Far out upon this sea of cloudy form

I sail in dream-like wonder on a ship

That knows the way through calm and even storm,

And thus from land of real do take my trip.

Maxfield Parrish - "The History of Codadad and His Brothers" (1906)
Maxfield Parrish - "The History of Codadad and His Brothers" (1906)

Ah years that were so full of colors then!

How in this cloudy land I see them all

And live them all, as if they were again,

And then must leave to sail back through this wall.

"Princess Parizade Bringing Home The Singing Tree" by Maxfield Parrish
"Princess Parizade Bringing Home The Singing Tree" by Maxfield Parrish

Chart well these years that pass so swiftly now,

That future days guide well your mem’ries bow.


Brian Gray February 3, 1976

The Complete Poem

Daydreaming

Like feet that swiftly scurry through my mind,

Those days when I was young come back to me,

And leaving what I think of now, I find

Myself entranced with things that once did be.

Far out upon this sea of cloudy form

I sail in dream-like wonder on a ship

That knows the way through calm and even storm,

And thus from land of real do take my trip.

Ah years that were so full of colors then!

How in this cloudy land I see them all

And live them all, as if they were again,

And then must leave to sail back through this wall.

Chart well these years that pass so swiftly now,

That future days guide well your mem’ries bow.

Brian Gray February 3, 1976

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      John Hansen 7 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      What delightful poetry and images, Brian. Superb!

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      Brian Gray 7 weeks ago from Pennsylvania

      John,

      Thank you for reading this one. It is hard to believe that I wrote that one over forty years ago. Ah, the memories!

      Brian

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      Damian Fedorko 7 weeks ago

      Mindful. I could be wrong but was this a poem from the book of poems that you wrote 1997 - 1998? It was a great book. I remember "The Mountain".

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      Brian Gray 7 weeks ago from Pennsylvania

      Damian,

      I think I did include it in that collection of my works. Good memory, my brother. Shows your youthful mind is sharp as ever.

      Brian

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 7 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      This is a beautiful poem that stirred memories that got lost along the way. Paintings by Maxfield Parrish fit in perfectly with this rendition.....

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      Brian Gray 7 weeks ago from Pennsylvania

      Hi Ruby,

      Thanks for reading this one. It's truly wonderful sometimes to just lie back and daydream...remembering the good times.

      Brian

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      Linda Crampton 7 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a lovely poem accompanied by some interesting images. Daydreaming and remembering can be very enjoyable activities, as your poem describes so well.

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      Brian Gray 7 weeks ago from Pennsylvania

      Linda,

      Thank you for reading my poem. I always enjoy hearing from people who find the meaning of my writings and can relate to them. May all your daydreams be wonderful.

      Brian

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