Unrequited Life

Someone is living the life that I had dreamt
That someone is not me
Page desire back in my memory book
Pages of a different life it seems found me

Someone has the life
I did think should be mine
Ironic but true as well
Someone else has my life in view
I have their dream life
Could that be true?
Green notions of the other side
Does this devotion ever leave our mind?

Not that this life isn’t without merit
So what to do?
Page hope is etched in spirit and time
Wisdom tells me that dreams are just that
Dreams of what could be or not
Justification or do I placate ?

Someone is living a life that happened along
dreams were not part of their song
My life, yours and those yet to begin
dreams ready on the picture reel
Dreams of the past and what is to come

Lament not that the dream
no prophet did bring
Some dreams passing moments of truth
Moments that leave before they begin

The life that is yours

no matter what shape
Know it belongs to you and embrace
Someone may be living the dream
Are they sleeping?
Are they awake?

© K S Hardy 2010

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  • Cervantes
    Cervantesover 4 years ago

    such an important thing to say m’lady……and so well expressed :))

  • Thanks Peter …was an old write that I did some editing and tweaking on xx

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • bearwings
    bearwingsover 4 years ago

    most thought provoking, is there a parallel us eating all the blue smarties, and I was just off to bed, how am I ever going to get to sleep now, let alone get the good pillow, hmm…well done!!

  • You will always have the good pillow Trevor-bear of this you must believe… :O))
    There is no greener on the other side …..tis all a color confusion of the mind…xx

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • aaeiinnn
    aaeiinnnover 4 years ago

    oh my
    this is so beautiful and gentle
    calm and serene
    love it and love you my friend
    it says volumes xxx annie

  • Thank you Annie….xxx

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • Cosimo Piro
    Cosimo Piroover 4 years ago

    We are all dreaming each other’s dreams until we realise that they are our dreams…..and our life. Loved this one K. I’m asleep dreaming that I’m awake dreaming that I’m asleep. xoxo

  • Hello ….or do I say wake up or ummm good morning , good night…..umm maybe Oi You! xxxx

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • msdebbie
    msdebbieover 4 years ago

    I am so wrapped in the beauty of this message. Once in a lifetime also springs to mind m’dear! Personal bests for me:

    • Page hope is etched in spirit and time yes! yes! yes!
    • dreams were not part of their song sad and evocative
    • Moments that leave before they begin oh wow! You move me with this insight
    • Know it belongs to you and embrace makes me want to hug you! I am discussing a similar thing in learning to love my ground
    • last two lines – make me shiver! I am awake but your words move me like a coloured dream
      Great poem gorgeous xoxo
  • Hmmm this was a really thought feast to read your writes and your reflections of this ….It is good to understand each other’s journey me thinks….we are after all companions and dear friends on this interesting and yes sometimes steep road together…xxxx

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • LoveWitness
    LoveWitnessover 4 years ago

    moments that leave before they begin
    haunting and awakening write!

  • Hi Siki
    Many thanks for your comments….appreciate your thoughts on this piece.

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • lianne
    lianneover 4 years ago

    The last stanza says it all for me – know it belongs to you and embrace…for indeed, we chose it in some way as others chose to make our old dream their own. That old life, that distant dream, was not right for us for we would have remained asleep to dream it. Somehow, our awakening spirit knew that and chose a new wakeful dream for us to embrace as who we really are and the life we are meant to live. This is so incredibly rich, KarenSue – it moves me away from stagnation to an enthusiastic, spirited embracing of the ground of my being and the place I am at the moment. Pure genius, my friend. xox

  • I rarely read those mags about the movie stars and the rich and famous but still hear about the gossip about them so I keep up to date with the recent media frenzy….At my work we have mags that I read that are 3 or 4 yrs old and it makes me laugh to see how many celebs are pregnant….and well four years later no baby has arrived….
    And yet there are those that follow their lives in a sort of hero worship thinking how glamorous it must be and exciting etc etc …..
    Will if you like being a fish in a fish bowl I guess….Greener on the other side is not greener just different it seems to me…And different is ok but may not be what molds you into being the person that you will be proud of to look in the mirror before you go to sleep.
    I have had times of seeing the world of another and had twinges of “If only it could be my view” …but I settle down easily enough to see we take what we like and what we cannot change well that is a work in progress to either accept or if unacceptable make worthy decisions….
    Oh what a chat I find I have with you….. You bring the best out in me…. Did you know that? xxxx

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • Trenchtownrock
    Trenchtownrockover 4 years ago

    I am living a thousand other dreams my lady..I close my eyes and walk in the shadows of those who don’t even know me..terrific journey.

  • Hi Chris…me thinks you should keep the word flow going from this comment of yours it feels like the beginning of a write ….
    I so love the way you write of your amazing journeys :O)

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • Rhenastarr
    Rhenastarrover 4 years ago

    An absolutely wonderful journey to discovery. So well written as always Karen.

  • Hi and thank you so much ….xxx

    – Arcadia Tempest

  • rubyjo
    rubyjoover 4 years ago

    embrace your life is the key for me, sometimes the grass is always greener when we lok at others lives, but we can only live our own. love it KarenSue

  • Well we could steal an identit, have a lot surgery to look like them….imagine if you had get the chop or get an add on!
    But who wants to go through all that shit! Nah ….stick to what we know and change what we don’t like ….and as I can see you are my hero for creating your life on your terms….MWah you courageous darling woman..xxxx

    – Arcadia Tempest

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