“Dreamed Promises”

Each Friday I post a new poem

Once in a dream you, Lady, came to me
Who did not, and still does not, know your name,
Danced with me a few sets in conversation,
Then, as morning broke and waking neared,
You promised, if I asked you, we would wed
And then instructed me to plead my suit
In one year’s time, or rather one day more.
I do not know how slow time flows in dreams,
And even still I do not know your name,
Remember the strong beauty of your face,
Or know aught of from whence or whom you came.
But have the year and day not passed for you
As they have—many times, in fact—for me?
Return to me—in dream if not in flesh—
That I may dance some nights with you again
And get to know you well, that I may know
If I should ask, as you instructed me.

I wrote this poem sometime in the last month or so, as usual late at night when I was trying to get to sleep. I had the dream to which this poem refers in early March, 2009 (though it feels longer ago than that, and the details I remember now and recorded then differ somewhat).

In any case, I always welcome your comments, critique, suggestions, or any other feedback on this poem or any other part of my work. You can also read other poems I’ve written on my blog.

This poem is also posted on my wiki.


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