Tuesday, April 9, 2019

The Tuesday Platform: Understand that this is a dream (Poems in April ~ Day 9)

Understand That This Is A Dream 
 by Allen Ginsberg

Real as a dream
What shall I do with this great opportunity to fly?
What is the interpretation of this planet, this moon?
If I can dream that I dream / and dream anything dreamable / can I dream
I am awake / and why do that?
When I dream in a dream that I wake / up what
happens when I try to move?
I dream that I move
and the effort moves and moves
till I move / and my arm hurts
Then I wake up / dismayed / I was dreaming / I was waking
when I was dream still / just now.
and try to remember next time in dreams
that I am in dreaming.
And dream anything I want when I’m awaken.
When I’m in awakeness what do I desire?
I desire to fulfill my emotional belly.
My whole body my heart in my fingertips thrill with some old fulfillments.
Arcane parchments my own and the universe the answer.
Belly to Belly and knee to knee.
The hot spurt of my body to three to thee
old boy / dreamy Earl / you Prince of Paterson / now king of me / lost Haledon
first dream that made me take down my pants
urgently to show the cars / auto trucks / rolling down avenue hill.
That far back what do I remember / but the face of the leader of the gang was blond /
that loved me / one day on the steps of his house blocks away  (Read full poem here)

Greetings poets, wayfarers and friends. Welcome to the Tuesday Platform, the weekly open stage for sharing poems in the Imaginary Garden.  Please link up a poem, old or new, and spend some time this week visiting the offerings of our fellow writers.

If you are participating in the poem-a-day challenge and looking for inspiration then here is an optional prompt for you. Write a poem using the title of Ginsberg's poem as a point of reference.   

Choose your own form or write in free verse, if preferred. I look forward to reading what you guys come up with on Day 9 of the month-long adventure. Happy Poeming!๐Ÿ„




Marian said...

Day 9!!!

Sanaa Rizvi said...

@Marian; Woooo hooo!!๐Ÿ’ž☕

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Well that took me somewhere I didn't expect.

Kerry O'Connor said...

Thank you for this enthralling prompt, Sanaa. I love the poem you shared. It also enabled me to engage directly with a strange dream moment I had.

Susie Clevenger said...

Love the prompt!

Linda Lee Lyberg said...

Sanaa- Love the prompt! I had a bit of fun with this.

Sanaa Rizvi said...

@Rosemary; I love where the prompt took you!๐Ÿ’ž☕

Sanaa Rizvi said...

@Kerry; and thank you for the lovely poem ๐Ÿ˜Š Happy Tuesday!!๐Ÿ’ž☕

Sanaa Rizvi said...

@Susie; Thank you so much ๐Ÿ˜Š heading over to read you!๐Ÿ’ž☕

Sanaa Rizvi said...

@Linda; That's awesome! I am so glad you enjoyed writing to it ๐Ÿ˜Š Happy Tuesday!๐Ÿ’ž☕

Margaret said...

LIked your prompt but I ran out of time and went to an old poem I never finished... so worked on that for a few minutes and am posting late... I am catching up responding and commenting - a little behind still but I will get there.

Sanaa Rizvi said...

@Margaret; Thank you so much for posting ๐Ÿ˜Š heading over to read you!๐Ÿ’ž☕