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Below is the poem entitled WHEN A DREAMER SIGHS which was written by poet Monterey Sirak. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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This poem was on a CD my free verse group produced to provide scholarship money to local students. A reviewer called it "Walt Whitman-esque" which is the greatest compliment I could have ever received.

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I hear a dark symphony with a distorted melody
Drums beating a strange cadence no footsteps match
The fiddler    his strings snapping left and right
playing faster and faster as if the devil were 
chasing him through the deepening twilight
A harp sounding more like a woman’s 
terrified cries    than angelic chimes 
drifting down through the skies       
The woodwinds    oboes and clarinets    
imitate the squeal of brakes on wet pavement       
As the cymbals clash    two opposing objects crash       
Through it all weaves the haunting dirge of the flute
playing the last notes of the last rites

The cacophony of raped music echoes 
off the concrete walls    reverberating in my brain 
until my tears break free to rain sorrow down my face 
in twin rivers of liquid dreams    flowing 
along the streets paved with cobblestone words       
Words which have no meaning in this place and time    
for I have forgotten the feeling behind the writing of them

And so I run to where the trees stand upright 
against a moonlit night      
I run barefoot across a moss covered forest floor 
to where the wildflowers bloom once more
There to lay my weary head     
feel the sweet earth beneath my skin    
be soothed into slumber 
by lullabies floating in the wind

And dream again of someday rising 
in a land beyond the far horizon    
In a lush green valley 
so fertile    and so fragile
ringed by mountains with snow covered tops
Silent sentinels keeping watch over a world 
where there is    peace between brothers
where people actually love one another
and the only sound that shatters the stillness 
is the musical laughter of children    tripping 
through the air with the clarity of crystal bells

I know such a place exists
But only behind closed eyes
Only when a dreamer sighs

For I wake in the same place I lay down
Open my eyes in time to see the soft warmth 
of dawn melt the midnight sky
and the poetry in motion of the sun chasing 
the moonlight shadows into hiding
I see my world reflected in the dew 
glistening on the grass       
The real world in all its glory and grace     
despair and disgrace

I feel the poetry in two lovers holding hands 
fingers intertwining    thumbs gently stroking
And in a lonely woman   shoulders bowed to the wind
sorrow painted into the canvas of her face
I see the poetry of the butterfly    struggling 
emerging from the cocoon to face a brand new world
and the stark poetry of death 
in the choreographed movements
of the last dance between two ancient antagonists

And the dark symphony begins again    
only this time interspersed with light from the violin    
strumming with the melodious humming of love     
I hear children laughing in the wind 
flowing from the mandolin       
The pure sweet tones of the saxophone 
flowing around me as I retrace my steps 
up the cobblestone words to find 
the one on which is written 
Utopia    a place of ideal perfection
And I erase it    to replace it with 
Utopia    the ability to embrace the poetry 
present in every facet of reality

But only with open eyes
Only when a dreamer sighs

Copyright © Monterey Sirak

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  1. Date: 11/9/2014 11:45:00 PM
    Back here at one of your BEST poems ever to tell you thanks so much for seeing many of my latest poems I posted. You are such a sweetie. Please let me know when you publish and if I might do a blog about your book for you. I will even do one now if you want me to, but i guess you need to have it in print first. You are such an interesting person, and STRONG, Monterey. Please write some more poems!!

  1. Date: 9/29/2014 8:32:00 AM
    FORGOT TO GIVE THE 7... Correction made...

  1. Date: 9/29/2014 8:29:00 AM
    Simply beautiful and amazing write!!!!

  1. Date: 3/5/2014 9:31:00 PM
    Monterey This is a wonderfully written poem full of hope and passion. The imagery and description is very brilliantly portrayed. Thanks for the congrats on my Birthday poem.

  1. Date: 11/9/2013 8:50:00 AM
    I so enjoyed reading this one again. Outstanding writing.

  1. Date: 7/29/2013 1:02:00 AM
    I love all your verses..they.transmit a great aura of love between one another and a certain hope for peace and serenity..Just beautiful

  1. Date: 7/2/2013 5:28:00 PM
    Enjoyed reading. You have some neat descriptions in the poem.

  1. Date: 6/18/2013 6:22:00 PM
    A stunning poem with sharp imagery using life and symphony to paint the picture. Excellent :)

  1. Date: 6/15/2013 11:25:00 AM
    lovely write - congrats on your wins : )

  1. Date: 6/15/2013 8:18:00 AM
    Dropped by to say good morning.

  1. Date: 6/11/2013 5:46:00 PM
    this is wonderful I love it Shadow x

  1. Date: 6/11/2013 2:54:00 PM
    I enjoyed this from the first to the last line. It encourages mindful dreaming. SuZ

  1. Date: 6/9/2013 6:36:00 PM
    wow, the first line was gripping and way deep in the image. Monterey, this is my favorite line out of many i enjoyed ----> The fiddler his strings snapping left and right.. i love the new change of embracing your paradise in poetry.. love the poem... Like Andrea, I will favorite this poem... only because so much to take in, every line holds deep detail.... a perfect 10 poem, in my book... xox~ Linda

  1. Date: 6/9/2013 4:16:00 PM
    You shouldbe very proud of this piece, outstanding work. You should enter this into Alfred's Peace Contest. I think it would do very well.

  1. Date: 6/9/2013 4:07:00 PM
    O M G, this is OUTSTANDING. If only all free verse poets could write as you do, I would not mind reading longer poems!! FAVE FAVE FAVE!!! If for a contest, it deserves top place.

  1. Date: 6/9/2013 10:18:00 AM
    Great poem in the universe of dreams where are filtered our experiences and ideals coutersigned by music and sighs too

  1. Date: 6/9/2013 9:01:00 AM
    This is breath-taking poetry. So lovely and epic. Well done!!