O dreams, you give wings
to our lives.
You encourage slaves, born
in the cradle of misery, to aspire
freedom from their masters.
Your fire emboldens a nation
to rise against a tyranny.
O dreams, you sweeten the pain
of a pauper. Riding the chariot
of hope, he carries the dreams
of possessing the riches.
Your saccharine consolations
help a prisoner to fight
the pangs of loneliness.
O dreams, seeds buried under the blanket
of snow, in your warm company,
sprout during the spring.
You squeeze out the sap
from our hearts, from our minds.
You inspire us to know the secrets
hidden in the heavens.
O dreams, in your pleasing company,
we navigate around the boulders
of daily difficulties, carrying
the earthly, and the celestial dreams,
in our hearts.
I say: hold fast to your dreams,
for they manure the roots
of hope, for they illuminate
the precincts of our hearts,
for they sustain us
between the alp of life
and the precipice of death.
Just when I thought I had doused my fires,
I saw an amorous spring changing things again;
Just when I saw snowdrops, hellebore,
Dancing tulips, and the sunshine,
I saw my dreams murmuring again;
Just when I saw the fluttering
Butterflies, and the singing birds,
I saw an old flame flickering again.
Once again, caught in the talons
Of leman, my heart is carried helplessly
Over a new terrain.
Once again, my days are filled
With the ecstasy, and strain.
These poems have been previously published in various literary journals, magazines, books and anthologies around the globe including the UK, the USA, Ireland and Canada.
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