Bashyam Narayanan


Dream and dream not Poem by Bashyam Narayanan


Dream and dream not

Dream, an extension of reality
Dream, an elevation in status
Dream, a hazy future
Dream, an innovative effort

It is not the one which you experience in sleep
It is the wakeful dream, I am talking about

This dream’s nature and extent
Its colour and fragrance
Its beneficiaries and executors
Depend on the experience
Knowledge
And out-of-the-box thinking
Of the person dreaming

The life’s driving force is indeed this
Wakeful dream or envisioned status

There is always a gap between
What is dreamt and what is real
More the gap, more the effort
Less the gap, less the effort
No gap, no effort and no life

Be cautious though, too big the gap
It becomes too much for you
Leading to your frustration

Place your dreams in stages
Dream the next immediate stage achievable
Work for it, reach it
Dream the next, reach it and go on scaling new heights each time

Dream to be
Dream not to become
Dream the end
Dream not for the means
Dream happiness
Dream not for things that, you think, will make you happy
Dream comfort
Dream not for things that add to your comfort
Dream leadership qualities
Dream not for placement as leader
Dream hard work
Dream not the award therefor
Dream to feel rich
Dream not for wealth
Dream to stay healthy
Dream not medication
Dream being a better person
Dream not bettering others
Dream being noble
Dream not being pronounced noble
Dream being divine
Dream not looking divine

Limit not dreams
Dream right, left, top, bottom and beyond

Share your dreams with others
Impose them not on others
As dreams are unique to a person
No two persons dream the same
However close and intimate they may be

Just stop not with dreaming
Work, work and work till you reach

Dream to live
As dreams only keep you going

Submitted: Saturday, October 19, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, October 22, 2013

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