The Dream I Threw Away…

what am I missing now?
years ago I had a vision,
a dream I wanted to gain,
a dream I wanted so bad,
I drilled it into my head…
that I’d make it come true,
that I’d treat it with dignity,
take this life in my stride,
take the wins and losses
and accept it with grace.

alas, it is yet to happen…
I buckled in life’s pressure,
in an instant, I gave up
what I’d fought for before.
I forgot I had to navigate
the obstacles that it threw,
that it wouldn’t be easy,
handed to me on a plate.
I turned my back on that,
and now, is it too late?

all that is left in my head,
a humming deep within,
like a constant reminder,
that I lost the urge to win.

a question that comes out,
that repeats every day,
do I have it in me to chase,
that dream I threw away.

Shared with Sunday Whirl (Wordle 134), Poets United (Poetry Pantry), Imaginary Garden With Real Toads (Open Link Monday), and d’Verse Poets (Open Link Night).

(11th Nov, 2013)

Poetry & writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

48 thoughts on “The Dream I Threw Away…”

    • Perhaps so Anmol. I should find out if the one I threw away was such a dream or not though. πŸ™‚ Thank you for the kind words of appreciation.

  1. sometimes it is simply that an old dream takes a new form… this has been my experience… not really thrown away, cast aside for awhile perhaps, then born anew when we least expect it!

  2. Hey, Leo, I lived a lot of dreams. And I’m 56 and still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up!

    This is a great piece. Admitting the “lost in the machine” factor that consumes lives, the honest self-appraisal. I was along with a narrator, every step. Brill. Amy

    • Thanks, Amy. πŸ™‚ I am glad you found the piece to be a great one. I hope I figure out if that dream can still be chased. πŸ™‚ I think I will.

  3. Leo, I think if you even ask that question then the dream was never thrown away. It just stopped being important enough. Best–go for it–failure is just ione step closer to suceeding. >KB

  4. A true story… as I am getting older (growing up) I find more things to look back at. How I gave up on things I once wished to chase wildly… The fact is I still wish to accomplish those desires but somewhere or the other that spirit has gone down or I have maybe stopped believing. But then I think can’t I get the spark back?

    Very thoughtful verse Leo.. liked reading it… πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, Neelam! πŸ™‚ Yes, I also feel that looking back makes me question myself more. I also still wish to accomplish many a dream, but the interest diminishes in the pace of life. The belief is there, just lower than we’d want it to.

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