'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
IT 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' ?
 
 
 
 
                Have A  'NICE'  Sunday. . .
                Love,    ~Barbara