Lost Dreams

The dreams she kept safely

tucked under her pillow

slipped away and fell

on the old battered floor

the insensible breeze

snuck in through her window

swept them under her bed

with no thought or regard 

Her dreams lay there silent

for they couldn’t cry out

they just lay there and waited

with hopes of being saved

they knew that her life

would be nothing without them

they knew she’d come looking

and cherish them again

When she awoke

and found they were missing

she forgot where she left them

or even what they were

so she decided  to live

 her life without them

realizing it’s easier

to give up than to try

Once in a while

she remembers the dreams

now covered in cobwebs

still under her bed

and she desperately tries

to reach out and save them

but the dreams are too far

from her insecure reach

At night when she sleeps

she sometimes can feel

the hope she once had

and excitement she once felt

but she knows it’s too late

for the life she once dreamed of

and her tears stain her pillow

where her dreams lay no more



©Shelli Carlisle 2010


Photo credit: “Bed of Dreams” by Michael Kent @http://www.flickr.com/photos/the_big_jiggety/2471124209/

8 thoughts on “Lost Dreams”

  1. perfect dream poem…
    keep writing!

    Glad to Land at your magical poetry land today,
    How are you?

    Love your poetry talent, Please join us at Jingle Poetry Monday potluck tonight,
    First time participants can link in 1 to 3 old poems, poems unrelated to our theme are welcome!

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    Happy Sunday/Monday,
    Hope to see you in.

  2. Greetings!
    How is everything?
    Are you interested in theme writing? Do have poems related to dreams, visions, or reveries?
    If YES, welcome linking your poems to our potluck week 13 at Jingle
    Poetry : http://jinglepoetry.blogspot.com/
    Even if your answer is no, you are more than welcome to link in old poems, or poems unrelated to our theme (dreams, visions, or reveries) and enjoy the fun of sharing and encouraging!
    Our week 13 potluck is open Sunday, 8pm, American Central Time…We will be thrilled to see you in…
    Let me know if you have questions

  3. Absolutely beautiful, dreams and magic! I like the theme on your blog very much! Poem on!

    I’d like to wish you a Merry Christmas and to say thank you for the support to Jingle Poetry, with you standing beside us, we are able to continue our efforts by providing the platform for poets who share and encourage…BEST wishes for the year 2011…your poetry has enlightened our community and made us smile.

    Blessings fly your way, Happy Holidays!


    Hope to see you on Sunday Poetry Potluck again, let me know if you have questions..old poems or poems unrelated to our theme are welcome..

    week 15 theme: reflections, interpretations, and musings.

    Take care!

  4. How life can make us forget what we dream and hope for. Write a book I’d buy a copy or two. also would make great gifts.

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