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One Can Only Dream

Am I to live a poor
man’s life, 
to struggle and toil
with hunger and
Am I to be lowly
kissing the feet of
as they feast at
their tables 
and they dance and
they sing?
Will success
continue to be a
as I fail again and
again with all of my
Am I but a peasant
who dreams of
who hopes to one day
be blissfully
How long must I
endure this struggle
called life 
before I can care
for my children and
Am I always to be a
footstool or will I
stand in the tower
looking down upon my
endless fortunes for
hour upon hour?
Am I one day to
or will I continue
to wallow in this
murk and this mire?
Is this hopelessness
just as it seems or
will my labors
deliver riches
beyond my wildest
Will I achieve
status, fortune and
Will the people
cheer at the mention
of my name?
One can only dream.
One can only dream. 

Copyright © Terry Burns


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  1. Date: 8/30/2015 2:04:00 PM

    TERRY, Great piece to read, before I head out. Well done ~SKAT~
  1. Date: 10/18/2014 3:22:00 PM

    I hope your dreams come true. I have many dreams of my own. Bless you
  1. Date: 8/18/2014 11:25:00 AM

    A person must have a dream. Nice write : )