Arco (TN)

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

"A Dream Within A Dream" - Writing with Jen - November 5, 2014

an autumnal walk
reflecting on springs gone by
- blackbirds always sing

don't reflect on tomorrows
life's an ephemeral dream

life is illusion
as the noble Buddha says -
t'is a dream we dream

illusions in illusions
tomorrows in yesterdays

sand in an hour glass
each grain a second of life
- slipping quickly by

(c) G.s.k. '14


Today's Ghost Writer at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai is Jen from Blog it or Lose It!
Jen gives us a brief introduction to one of my favorite writers Edgar Allen Poe ... here is the poem which she put on her post for today's challenge and inspiration:


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?


  1. Beautiful post. Gentleness is nice. Lovely haiku on the other blog too.

    1. Thanks Hamish ... glad you enjoyed them both!

  2. I especially like the last haiku here.. wonderful work

    1. Thanks Bjorn ... for the choice and the compliment!

  3. .... and very much like the butterfly dream, too, right?
    wonderful renga :)

    1. Yep ... Zen butterflies teach a lot of ways to face the illusion of life ... must admit Poe's:

      " Is all that we see or seem
      But a dream within a dream?"

      brought butterflies to mind ;-)

  4. That slipping away feeling is one you captured - it is so lonely and helpless

    1. Ah yes ... in the end we are alone when that moment comes ...

  5. A very nice "auto-renga" Georgia .... really you were inspired on this post by Jen ... gorgeous response.

    1. I really was ... the poem was a great beginning point and full of things to meditate upon.

  6. I love your haiku or open renga (I think, non?) is filled with such serenity and building to that last haiku...could be a quote for many to use, cara, beautiful!!


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