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Lost Dreams - My Poem About Unfulfilled Plans

Updated on May 27, 2018
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I started writing poetry as a child. I write performance poetry, observational, sometimes humorous, sometimes serious human rights issues

We All Have Dreams And Plans But, Looking Back, They Didn't All Come True

When first we meet and fall in love, we are bubbling with enthusiasm and plan all sorts of wonderful things together. But ultimately our boundless energy falls away, along with some of our dreams. Harsh reality takes over. Every day life brings joy, but this may be tempered with hardship.

When we look back, our dreams and plans sometimes came to nothing and eventually, though we may still be happy, aches and pains limit us.

Poppy Field by Claude Monet
Poppy Field by Claude Monet | Source

This is My Poem About Looking Back And Lost Dreams

Things change, and we change with them. We start off full of enthusiasm and high hopes, but reality sometimes holds us back. Life goes on, but not quite as we anticipated.

Looking Back - Lost Dreams

Times when they said they'd write plays

Together - but never did

Planned a trip on the Orient Express

Instead took the sleeper to Inverness

Parties and laughter

Fun and romance

The sun smiled upon them

When life was a dance

But night follows day

And nothing will last

It seems we all pay

For our sins of the past

Pain comes with children

Strong love may bring grief

And pain least expected

Steals joy like a thief

Here an ache, there a pain

Syndromes, ailments and twitches

They've left the fast lane

To flounder in ditches

Who would have thought

When those hopefuls first met

They'd be grumpy old codgers

Watching TV in bed.

┬ęDiana Grant 11 June 2010

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    • Raymond Eagar profile image

      Raymond Eagar 

      7 years ago

      I loved poems when I was in junior School , great to see you at the hub

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 

      7 years ago from Jersey Shore

      How true - I wouldn't have understood this when I was younger but it strikes a chord now - nicely done.

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      7 years ago from UK

      I don't like to think about the things on your poem - I'm happy in denial!! lol. Thanks for sharing your poem - BTW I was proposed to in Inverness - my dreamy husband is Scottish!

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      Melody Lassalle 

      7 years ago from California

      That was a nice poem. Thanks for giving me a chuckle there at the end.

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      7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Fun poem. And we all do get old and crotchety...LOL.

    • SusanneB profile image


      7 years ago

      I like poems

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      7 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Fun poem! Where did those years go )

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      Diana Grant 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Yes, and if we didn't have dreams, we probably wouldn't achieve anything. Some dreams get fulfilled, but not in the way anticipated, and some dreams were probably unrealistic to start with.

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      oztoo lm 

      8 years ago

      An interesting little poem. Although I can't help but think that we often replace those dreams with others that can be just as fulfilling. After all life never stays the same and everything changes. The only problem is if we regret not having achieved those youthful dreams.

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      whiteskyline lm 

      8 years ago

      I enjoyed your poem. This reminds me how has time flies by, which makes me think of that expression: 'Life is what happens when we are busy making other plans'

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      brandonv111 lm 

      8 years ago

      Great poem!

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      8 years ago

      Beautiful poem... made me tear up. Yes things do change, and we have to change with them, whether we want to or not. :(

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      9 years ago

      I just think you poem is great. Loved it :)

    • Gloriousconfusion profile imageAUTHOR

      Diana Grant 

      11 years ago from United Kingdom

      @indigoj: Thanks for your comment, WordCustard - I suspect that happiness is partly temperament, and partly having the people you like around you - I have seen people who are still happy even in extreme circumstances. I expect you liked the poem because you come from Scotland, and the poem mentions Inverness!

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      Diana Grant 

      11 years ago from United Kingdom

      @LizMac60: Thanks Liz - Yes I will go for giant in the next round - I had hoped to make it this time, but I didn't make it - I take a long time to make each lens - photo-editing is fun, but getting the HTML right does my head in!

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      Indigo Janson 

      11 years ago from UK

      I don't know... there is something to be celebrated in having weathered a few storms together and ended up as a pair of old codgers, still in happy companionship. :) Yes, some grand dreams are lost along the way, but small everyday things can bring happiness too. Enjoyed your illustrated poem in any case.

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      Liz Mackay 

      11 years ago from United Kingdom

      There's a lot of sadness in love, but where would we be without it? Well done. Are you going for giant in September?


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