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
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?

Edgar Allan Poe

CultFit Beach

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4 Comments on “A Dream Within a Dream”

  1. tiramit says:

    Thank you! ‘All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.’ This says it so well…

    • CultFit says:

      This is one of my favorite works by Poe and I’m glad that it resonated with you as well. May you have a beautiful evening tonight and a lovely weekend – Take care!

  2. B* says:

    Such a beautiful poem by Poe♥
    Love how it feels like there’s a little hope creeping in even through these lines of anguish..

    Thank you for sharing this and do take care, too 🙂


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