Does Truth Exist Within A Spell?

Written for:  Poetic Asides November 2016 Chapbook Challenge – Day 24
Write an imitation poem.  Pick a poem and write an imitation of it.

Based on Edgar Allan Poe’s, “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?


You who stand on yonder shore
and tell me we can be no more,
will I add you to my score
as my darling sweet Lenore,
another gone from me.
I offer you this plea–
was it not love you felt for me?
A witch who casts her spell;
alas, I never knew you well.
Your true self was kept from me,
now you say we can never be.

Pray, watch me search among my books
for a clue to enlighten why your took
my telltale heart into the crook
of your arm. Yet why do I pine
for one who was never truly mine?
I ponder this both night and day.
Perhaps I am cold
when the time for being bold
stands in front of me, blind me.
Nevermore will I learn
not to let myself be burned
by a witch who casts her spell.
Alas, I never knew you well.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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