Effects of Dreaming

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – April Poems – Day 9
The Tuesday Platform:  “Understand That This is a Dream” (poem by Allen Ginsberg)
(posted by Sanaa)

“Greetings poets, wayfarers and friends. Welcome to the Tuesday Platform, the weekly open stage for sharing poems in the Imaginary Garden. Please link up a poem, old or new, and spend some time this week visiting the offerings of our fellow writers.”

“If you are participating in the poem-a-day challenge and looking for inspiration then here is an optional prompt for you. Write a poem using the title of Ginsberg’s poem as a point of reference.”


Pick and choose
your dreams. Imagine
closing your eyes,
saying to yourself,
I want to dream of unending
ecstasy, lust gone wild.
Would you be exhausted
or refreshed upon waking?
If my dreams be fretful–
cannot get to where I need
to be, lost, terrified
of a monster chasing me,
and I wake screaming, heart
drumming–I am exhausted
from frustration. In my next
dream, I see myself at
a tea party hosted by a
Mad Hatter. A dormouse
dozes in a sugar bowl, white
rabbit arrives late, and I have
somehow displeased
the Red Queen. Understand,
I know I am not dreaming now.


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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10 Responses to Effects of Dreaming

  1. Ah, when I was very young I could program my dreams by thinking about a desired topic as I fell asleep. Perhaps I still could … but I so seldom remember dreams anyway now.


  2. I especially loved the tea party, and your closing lines. Smiles.


  3. sanaarizvi says:

    This is absolutely riveting! Sometimes we have no control over our dreams .. I believe they depend on what’s going on inside the subconscious mind 😊 nonetheless we dream. Especially love: “I want to dream of unending ecstasy, lust gone wild. Would you be exhausted or refreshed upon waking?” I don’t know but lets find out! 😊 Thank you so much for writing to the prompt ❤❤


  4. Susie Clevenger says:

    Oh dreams..We can’t know what will come, but it seems we act in a familiar manner to lust or frustration.


  5. Cara Hartley says:

    Gaaah! Sometimes I hate commenting on WordPress blogs! They eat my comments.
    At this point in my life, I’d prefer not to dream. Dreams are too stressful.


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