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An Arm's Length Dream

An Arm’s Length Dream

Sometimes, frivolous dreams of turquoise waters and white beaches
Swaying palms amidst sea grape borders, bronzing sun,
warming my pale white skin. I would sip lemonade, soothe my body in laziness,
my mind in boredom. And when it is over, I dream of when I can return.

Sometimes, the dream of power motivates my talents.
Quickly to be realized, a task I am not suited for, but dream
of what I would do, if only….
I would probably fail, for my nature is fair, full of empathy.

I dream of fortune, because that is the answer to all of life’s problems.
Or so they say, I do not believe, so fortune eludes me.
Knowing myself well, I would give it all away,
for there is always someone in need.

But in my silent dreams, the ones I feel within my heart;
the dreams I would perform with no hesitation; 
the dreams I dream in prayer,
of  little faces drawn with darkened eyes.

The Orphans, starving, the hungry, the crippled.
Thirsty in the African deserts, tiny children,
scattered by disaster, wandering from disease,
clinging to each other, for there is no one else

I dream I have arms so long I can embrace them all.
I calm their fears, heal bodies, and teach them love.
I would dry their tears, have them feast and feed their souls
Their darkened eyes soon become bright.

And while my arms are stretched around the world of children,
no longer orphans, for they would have me.
A Mother, a protector, a guardian,
And they would know LOVE.







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  1. Date: 3/28/2010 6:12:00 PM

    You have been busy M'Lady ! Haven't been on in a couple weeks or more and just checking it out, I see you have a treasure of poems here ! got to get busy and read and enjoy as I always do with your poems...and congratulations!! What an outstanding poem Jeralynn!!! just love it. It is you all the way, girl. Love Bob

  1. Date: 3/19/2010 3:14:00 PM

    congrats on your win.hope all is well with you. I am thinking of taking my poems off cause I am making to many enemies.I don't mean to hurt anyone but seem to be doing alot of it lately.

  1. Date: 3/18/2010 1:47:00 PM

    Many congratulations on your win in Carol's wonderful contest Jeralynn, beautifully written >> James

  1. Date: 3/18/2010 12:17:00 PM

    Congratulations for your win, Jeralynn. This is truly a beautiful dream. Smiles, Dane Ann

  1. Date: 3/18/2010 12:02:00 PM

    Congratulations on your win Jeralynn in my contest. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 3/18/2010 11:49:00 AM

    What an uplifting view! Comes from a caring heart. Congratulations on being one of the winners in Carol's contest. Enjoy your honor. Keep up the good writing. Karen

  1. Date: 3/15/2010 6:49:00 AM

    Jeralyn what a beautiful heart you have, if poets words could feed the world, there would be so many at your table to dine, thanks so much for your many kind words Daniel

  1. Date: 3/15/2010 6:19:00 AM

    such a big heart! the world is full of folks like you and yet we seldom hear of them...what I have found from world travel is ..no matter how little one has...usually LOVE has been felt and given..some if not MUCH love has come into the lifes of even the poorest people..BIG HUGS Light & Love

  1. Date: 3/14/2010 6:53:00 PM

    stop by and check out linda maries new blog.It is fun getting to know other people's life instead of just trying to figure them out.

  1. Date: 3/14/2010 2:20:00 PM

    Your compassionate spirit reigns even in your dreams, Jeralynn. We often long for material things to make our lives more luxurious. The children you describe just need the basics to survive. And they need love, too. God bless you for remembering their needs and reminding us how fortunate we are. Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 3/14/2010 2:17:00 PM

    I am just stopping by to say goodbye in case the pills I took work,I doubt they will.I must have an iron stomach or something.I have to lay down and if I am lucky I won't wake up. chat later if I wake up.Thanks for everything.

  1. Date: 3/14/2010 1:05:00 PM

    A breathtakingly warm embrace of words from a dream from your heart and soul,,that flows with deep emotion and love a very powerful write and if for the contest ,,,I wish you all the best with this winning piece in my opinion,,,,And Thank You for reading and leaving your comment upon my words,,,Blessings..Cecil