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While Sleeping

Updated on June 6, 2017
"Daybreak" by Maxfield Parrish
"Daybreak" by Maxfield Parrish

While Sleeping

I saw you come to me, My Love,

Once in a midnight’s dream,

My head was laid upon my pillow,

And my eyes saw not this world,

But another.

T’was not a dream of love I dreamt,

But one of impending sorrow,

For in this dream I dreamt that night,

Our love would end tomorrow.

And when I woke upon the day,

Try as I might, I could not stay the hand

Of Fate which seemed to draw

All things to act my dream.

I could not cry, though in my heart

I saw love’s end in sight.

Instead, I stood in deepening sorrow

And tried to change my plight.

So fearful, I, to lose my love,

I strove the more to keep it,

Yet on the morrow I was alone,

So very all alone.

Time has passed, and now it seems,

I only thought I loved you,

For a memory is all you are to me,

Or are you a dream that came to me

Once in a midnight’s sleep?

Brian Gray March 25, 1976


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      Brian Gray 12 months ago from Pennsylvania


      Thank you for reading my poem. I am glad you enjoyed it, and, yes, memories of past loves are so valuable.


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      Kavitha Mendonsa 12 months ago from Mumbai, India

      Memories are all that we have left of time that has passed. You have captured it so well in this poem.

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      Brian Gray 12 months ago from Pennsylvania


      Thank you for reading this one and for your kind comments. And, yes, thank God for dreams. They are what keeps us moving forward.


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      Ryan Fuller 12 months ago from Louisiana, USA

      I always say that memories are a way for us to travel back in time. This was a great poem and I enjoyed it very much. What a great way to express love and emotion. Cannot wait to read more. Thanks for sharing.

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      Brian Gray 12 months ago from Pennsylvania


      So true. Thanks for reading this one and your kind comments.


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      Threekeys 12 months ago from Australia

      Our second life comes alive in our dreams. Thank God! Sweet poem. All the best to you and your loved ones, Brian.


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