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The Conceit of Poetry

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The Conceit of Poetry

What is a dream 
if not reality's conceit?
What is reality 
if not a shadowy deceit?

The dream circle was unsealed 
when we were born
aut dream-time filled our lives 
from night to early morn.

The circle grew ever wider 
in our youthful days of yore
with unbounded dreams of glory 
on some far distant shore.

But then the circle tightens 
when our days near to a close.
Dreams replace ambitions 
as one's mortal body slows.

So our dreams in poems we'll write
hence when we disappear,
we'll leave our mark in some small way 
to show that we were here.

And in some far off time we hope 
someone will read our verse
and a dream that was a part of us 
will shake the universe.

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  1. Date: 5/6/2014 11:29:00 AM
    Roy,, Congrats on your poem about poetry. always & forever -- Linda

  1. Date: 5/3/2014 8:18:00 AM
    Great ending couplet...congrats on your win

  1. Date: 5/3/2014 12:16:00 AM
    the title is really good on this one. I sure do hope to shake some universe one day when I am gone. Would be better if it were right now hahaha. GOOD poem and congrats on your win.

  1. Date: 5/2/2014 11:56:00 PM
    nice win Roy, Have a nice weekend.. LOVE.... ... SKAT

  1. Date: 5/2/2014 11:20:00 PM
    I love the idea of our words living on after we are gone. This poem was very nicely rhymed. Well done, Roy! Congrats on your win in my contest!

  1. Date: 1/25/2014 12:34:00 AM
    Great elaboration on thoughts that were ill-formed prior to reading this excellent poem. These days, the rhyme gives me reason.

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    Date: 1/25/2014 6:09:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks, Mark. I hadn't re-read it myself in quite a while. Did you catch the reference to Plato's Cave in the 2nd line?
  1. Date: 6/12/2013 9:20:00 AM
    This is a different perspective on dreams and very interesting take on it. Also, thank you very much for my placement in your last contest, Roy!

  1. Date: 6/10/2013 9:53:00 AM
    Roy, a nice little winning poem in Michael's dreaming into the bay contest... xox~ LINDA

  1. Date: 6/2/2013 8:02:00 PM
    Dreams are essential to our existence, you share it so well, thank you and congrats dear Roy xxx

  1. Date: 6/2/2013 3:02:00 PM
    this was one of my very favorites of the contest. Congrats on your well deserved win.

  1. Date: 6/2/2013 10:11:00 AM
    Excellent writing Roy That is why I love these contests. I get to read poems I might have missed. Congratulations on a fine winning poem. SuZ

  1. Date: 5/17/2013 9:40:00 AM
    this is just wonderful. you were greatly inspired by the theme of Michaels and I hope more people will see your fine entry into the contest. Roy.