“THE FOLLY OF A DREAM” – poem by Robert Stephen Herrick



Easing back upon bed and pillow and

Fading in and away from attention

To the realm without the body

And awakening the inner soul to sleep …


The folly of a dream

Careens off memories of things

Lost without time to grasp

Any sensibility nor reason therein …


Patience is lost but steeped heavily

In deep sleep and unconsciousness,

But the folly of a dream

Is the aftermath remembered

Epimetheus-like, forgetful but

Charged ahead with the lull of

Waking, yet hope your dreams are

Clean from misery and horror …


No one ought to want the haunting

Of nightmares for no folly is

From those, just torment unknown

In the night or daylight hours in bed at home.


Note: picture is by the poet


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