Song of a poetess dreaming

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Black is the aura of sea that plunges
into delirious vision
which to another is known as dream.

Neither sunshine nor cloud
offer comfort here
as I struggle to hold on
and gasp for air.

In my sleep, I see you
with arms outstretched
battling shadows
and fury of white waves.
Could the impossible ensue,
so that I would turn my thoughts
upon eloquent lips
feel adrenaline rush
as every pore of my being is set
on fire.

It is then that I blink
as recognition washes over me,
you are gone
and once again, I find myself
being led
away by the sea.

Dreaming is drowning
willfully
as spirit is released
from the clutches of fear;
it is both essence of dark
and a gateway to light.

 

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Posted for ‘Weekend Challenge’ @ Real Toads

Posted on the Poetry Pantry @ Poets United

Comments

  1. Brendan says:

    Oh I knew the Pond was going rise up in a blue roar to this prompt … The submersions and flow and float and drown of this is pure gleaming water. Poetry is most itself when it dreams!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Aww gosh! ❀️ Thank you so much, Brendan πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it! ❀️

      (and thank you for the lovely prompt)

  2. kaykuala says:

    it is both essence
    of dark and a gateway
    to light.

    Beautifully described Sanaa to be seen as giving a position of contrast!

    Hank

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Hank πŸ˜€ so good to see you ❀️

  3. Dreaming is elemental; I wrote about fire and you wrote about water, Sanaa. Dreaming and drowning are so closely tied and you have expressed this so well in your poem. I love the sound of ‘plunges’ and ‘gasp’, and the the lines:
    ‘battling shadows
    and fury of white waves’.
    Yes, ”Dreaming is drowning… essence / of dark and a gateway / to llght’.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Kim πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it ❀️

  4. Splendid! And oh, what deep truth in that last verse.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Rosemary πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it ❀️

  5. Old Egg says:

    How beautiful, how sad this poem is Sanaa as the loss is constantly in the speakers mind. Often in life we have life changing moments which change us for ever as our plans for the future are shattered.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Definitely πŸ™‚ thanks for stopping by, Robin ❀️

  6. Kerry says:

    Dreaming is drowning
    willfully as spirit is
    released from
    the clutches of fear..

    This is a most profound conclusion to the dreamscape.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Kerry πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it ❀️

  7. Jae Rose says:

    beautiful work Sanaa

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Jae πŸ™‚ so good to see you ❀️

  8. Anna :o] says:

    Deep and wonderful Sanaa.
    Anna :o]

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Anna πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it ❀️

  9. HA says:

    Ah, dreaming is drowning indeed. This pathway to a dreamland where we lose and gain at the same time is of a certain ethereal beauty, which comes alive in your words. Beautifully done.
    -HA

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Anmol πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it ❀️

  10. gillena says:

    “drowning
    willfully as spirit is
    released”

    Interesting concept Sanaa
    Happy you dropped by my Sunday Standard today

    MuchπŸ’love

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Gillena πŸ˜€ so good to see you ❀️

      Much🌼love

  11. An interesting dream!

    1. Sanaa says:

      ❀️❀️❀️

  12. Manicddaily says:

    This brings up how terrifying dreams can be, and that panting wakefulness when we almost will ourselves out of them. Thanks, Sanaa. k.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Karin πŸ™‚ so glad you liked it ❀️

  13. Mary says:

    What beautiful images, Sanaa!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Mary πŸ˜€ so good to see you ❀️

  14. Vivian Zems says:

    Dreaming is drowning
    willfully as spirit is
    released …..
    Your descriptions are spot on! Beautiful ❣️

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Vivian πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it ❀️

  15. I love the way your closing lines describe dream as both essence of dark and gateway to light!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Sherry πŸ˜€ so good to see you ❀️

  16. My list of Favorites by Sanaa is growing. This is pure deliciousness. The way the speaker lets us wonder inside her dreams, how her lines are both warning and reassurance–“Dreaming is drowning”, but through it we can find release. This is full of quotable lines, of images that speak the clearest of messages in the way they shift behind cloudy dreams.

    Love, love, love!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Aww gosh!❀️ Thank you soo much, Magaly πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it!❀️

      Hugs & Kisses 😍😍

  17. Rommy says:

    This is heady stuff Sanaa. The imagery is so lush. I like the feel of push and pull in the words.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Rommy πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it ❀️

  18. Chris Evans says:

    It’s as Marsha Norman says: Dreams are illustrations from the book your soul is writing about you. Great poem, Sanaa.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Chris πŸ™‚ so good to see you ❀️

  19. Dreaming is drowning, love that. And the contrast of hot fire and the water washing over it

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Colleen πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it ❀️

  20. Cara O' Donoghue says:

    “Could the impossible ensue,
    so that I would turn my thoughts
    upon eloquent lips
    feel adrenaline rush
    as every pore of my being is set
    on fire….”

    Goodness there’s so much passion in these lines! Beautiful poem, Sanaa! πŸ’™

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Cara πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it ❀️

  21. Margaret says:

    Loving that last stanza!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Margaret πŸ˜€ so good to see you ❀️

  22. Chrissa says:

    Lovely, gorgeous images! It felt like a triumphal march, remembering both the darkness and light.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Chrissa πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it ❀️

  23. Sara McNulty says:

    I love this!!! So much beauty in every stanza, and so much wisdom in the last one.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Sara πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it ❀️

  24. dsnake1 says:

    this is simply gorgeous! πŸ™‚

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Cheong πŸ˜€ so good to see you ❀️

  25. Just beautiful, Sanaa. I especially love the last stanza. And the picture is perfect!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Sarah πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it ❀️

  26. Wendy Bourke says:

    Lovely close on an exquisitely rendered piece.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Wendy πŸ˜€ so good to see you ❀️

  27. Susan says:

    That last stanza crystalizes the whole–it is in waking that the dual nature of endings becomes clear.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Susan πŸ˜€ so glad you enjoyed it ❀️

  28. Thotpurge says:

    Dreaming is drowning
    willfully… love that Sanaa…

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Rajani πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it ❀️

  29. Sanaa- Your words and thoughts are so beautiful and eloquent.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Linda πŸ˜€ so glad you liked it ❀️

  30. Magical Mystical Teacher says:

    My dreams are often so weird that it’s hard to see how they can be a gateway to light, but if you say so…

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, MMT πŸ™‚ so good to see you ❀️

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