A Dream Within A Dream

November 9, 2006

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
Is 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?
By Edgar Allan Poe

  • Amber March 27, 2007 at 5:22 pm

    i absolutely love this poem..its my favorite…how i wish we could hold on to life..but we cant control how fast nor how slow it goes by…and its something that is just not possible to stop..and before we know it…ours and others are gone…

  • marcy segovia February 24, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    this is a very beautiful poem and amber’s comment is to