Dream Song Cento

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – Tuesday Poetics with Lillian
“Take a moment and listen to these tunes on the links below. And when they get you in the mood, how about writing a poem that takes us inside a dream? It can be your dream or someone else’s dream. Are you sleeping in a bed during this dream? Sitting on a train dozing? Leaning up against a tree staring at the clouds? Does your dream take you beneath the seas? Into the clouds? Or maybe you’re on a stage flooded with the smoke of dry ice? Is your dream triggered by a scent? By a song? By a photo you came across? Let your imagination drift and take us with you into a dream!”

I’m a dream weaver
runnin’ down a dream,
on the Boulevard of
Broken Dreams.

I’m California dreamin’;
hope the dream police
don’t come to my door.

Sometimes I feel like
I’m dreaming a dream
within a dream, lazing
on the river of dreams.

Most times I’m just dreaming,
and when preferable to life,
I just dream on.

Song Titles and Artists

Dream Weaver – Gary Wright
Runnin’ Down A Dream – Tom Petty
Boulevard of Broken Dreams – Green Day
California Dreamin’ – Mamas and Papas
Dream Police – Cheap Trick
A Dream Within A Dream – Alan Parsons
The River of Dreams – Billy Joel
Dreaming – Blondie
Dream On – Aerosmith


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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26 Responses to Dream Song Cento

  1. rothpoetry says:

    Very good compilation! Some of my favorite songs.


  2. lillian says:

    I love the idea of being a dream weaver. Good weaving of the song titles into the poem.


  3. a clever play on song titles!!! the last line is a needed conclusion 🙂


  4. Great! Playful and clever.


  5. You’ve woven an interesting piece around song titles. Loved the last bit: “when preferable to life,
    I just dream on.”


  6. Xan says:

    Very clever, and a fun game.


  7. Frank Hubeny says:

    I like the thought of those dream police.


  8. Truedessa says:

    That was creative using dream songs within your dream poem.


  9. What fun and some great music in there… could be a playlist I feel


  10. pvcann says:

    I love the thinking around dreaming within a dream, layers, which is how This poem works for me.


  11. Very clever to run with the dream theme and continue with Lillian’s song inspirations, all while creating a fine stand alone found poem. Like!


  12. This was fun! I sang along with you, in a combination I’d never even considered before! Though the dawn may be coming soon, there still may be some time.


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