Sunday, July 05, 2009

Neurotic poet: "Edgar Allan Poe"

"Dream within a dream"

Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow-
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand-
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep- while I weep!
O God! can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?

-Edgar Allan Poe

8 smoke wisps:

bondgal_rulz said...

Oooohh!!! I am completely in love with this one!!

Thanks for the share. :)


Meghana Naidu said...

this is the second one in a series i call "neurotic poets"
Their work is absolute brilliance and their lives a dirge of pain, solipsism and psychological unrest.
A stark lack of understanding from the outside world didnt help too much either.


PS label: 'neurotic poets'

Kavya said...

Wow, what a poem! Talk about the written word's power to make an impression :)

Shamanth said...

First reads are never enough sometimes :)

For me the grains of sand are all the different memories that we want to preserve against the wave of time which slowly but surely washes them all off.

The more you squeeze, the more you feel the distance. It's only when you stop squeezing and just hold out your palm open and steady that you are left with few, but precious grains in your open palm. The ones at the centre are the densest, steadiest and closest to you.

And that goes with memories, people and dreams alike.

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