A Dream Within A Dream

Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow —
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand —
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep –while I weep!
O God! can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?

© Edgar Allan Poe

3 thoughts on “A Dream Within A Dream

  1. Edgar, This is intriguing! So well done. I love the rhyme and the concept of life is just a dream.

    You do have one misspelling “within” in the 2nd paragraph you may wish to fix.

  2. Well done, Edgar! Perhaps this was the inspiration for the trademark voice-over, “Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives.” By the way, is that THE raven that inspired your poem? Makes a great blog heading!

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