CALL IT DREAMIN'

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She  knew from the very beginning

the kind old sun would know

how to teach me to cast my eyes to heaven.

She said cloudy days are sacrifices;

to compensate we have the living green:

water worlds, tall trees, dappled sunlight.

Some would like the world to be clean again;

I would like that very much.

.......

She knew from the very beginning my heart was tender

Easily broken, bruised. There is no balm for the earth’s hurt.

There’s no point fooling around, pretending. Time is short,

Wounds sometimes heal if we try to cure ourselves, and if we pray.

.......

She knew from the very beginning

that I couldn't live with eyes closed,

mind and senses anaesthetised,

Permanently marooned on the barren island of self.

developing a dryness of manner, being clever.

alienating those forced to endure a closed life of repetition.

........

Simple used to be a high compliment, as holy fools attest,

denying the whole complex vortex of doubt and scepticism.

Today we walk in shade and tomorrow bask in sun.

We lay out a platter of dreams,

walk towards these dreams. Sometimes so tired

from all the walking and thinking that we miss the dawn

We live too much at night , seek a cure in dreamwords;

it is time to give gifts of love, beneath the holy sun.

◄ The unpurged imagery of day

For Kassia: a Bold and Beautiful Byzantine poet ►

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Vautaw

Wed 4th Mar 2020 20:58

1000 likes! I LOVE this poem John. So many truths and powerful verses. This one is my favorite:

"We lay out a platter of dreams,walk towards these dreams. Sometimes so tired from all the walking and thinking that we miss the dawn."

Painful truth too often overlooked until it's too late. Thank you for sharing your beautiful poetry. I'm quickly becoming your number one fan. Write on!

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