Robert Desnos

(1900 - 1945 / Paris)

I Have Dreamed Of You So Much - Poem by Robert Desnos

I have dreamed of you so much that you are no longer real.
Is there still time for me to reach your breathing body, to kiss your mouth and make
your dear voice come alive again?

I have dreamed of you so much that my arms, grown used to being crossed on my
chest as I hugged your shadow, would perhaps not bend to the shape of your body.
For faced with the real form of what has haunted me and governed me for so many
days and years, I would surely become a shadow.

O scales of feeling.

I have dreamed of you so much that surely there is no more time for me to wake up.
I sleep on my feet prey to all the forms of life and love, and you, the only one who
counts for me today, I can no more touch your face and lips than touch the lips and
face of some passerby.

I have dreamed of you so much, have walked so much, talked so much, slept so much
with your phantom, that perhaps the only thing left for me is to become a phantom
among phantoms, a shadow a hundred times more shadow than the shadow the
moves and goes on moving, brightly, over the sundial of your life.

Comments about I Have Dreamed Of You So Much by Robert Desnos

  • Gold Star - 36,621 Points * Sunprincess * (8/18/2015 11:10:00 PM)

    ....I love the metaphor of being a shadow, very nice ★ (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 46,883 Points Edward Kofi Louis (8/18/2015 5:04:00 PM)

    = scales of feeling! With the muse of deep love in your heart. Nice work. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 11,986 Points Savita Tyagi (8/18/2015 12:00:00 PM)

    Here is an emotion not felt by many. Rare it may be but didn't escape poet's keen eyes. He brought it out here beautifully. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 5,579 Points John Richter (8/18/2015 10:03:00 AM)

    Hi Kim, I agree a little bit, but also think that we all dream of finding that special someone.... And sometimes it comes as just an ideal, not necessarily a physical woman. There's something inside us that drives us to search for that special person, that better half, that soul mate. And I believe in soul mates. Unfortunately there's some poor woman out there who is mine..... Boy did she ever get the short straw.... I don't know who she is yet, but she is such a large part of my desires in life - so deeply, that she does reach into my dreams as well. I get Mr. Desnos Poem completely... (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 28,812 Points Kim Barney (8/18/2015 9:14:00 AM)

    Want a definition of obsession? Here is a great example. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 15,816 Points Ramesh T A (8/18/2015 8:12:00 AM)

    Dreaming and living in illusion makes one to be real so forever! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 15,816 Points Ramesh T A (8/18/2015 7:20:00 AM)

    Dreaming and living illusion its makes the hero to be living real is fantastic to read in this poem! (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 940 Points Serban Raducu Bogdan (12/18/2013 10:13:00 AM)

    Robert Desnos is an inspiration to me, because I love surrealist love poetry. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 42 Points Luce Darwin (4/22/2013 3:44:00 PM)

    One of my favorite poems ever, and it makes perfect sense to those who can understand. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 203 Points Ronn Michael Salinas (12/15/2012 3:29:00 PM)

    Hahaha wow it doesn't make sense. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Beach Leanbh (5/4/2010 9:21:00 AM)

    Wow. Just stumbled upon this. Absolutely incredible (Report) Reply

  • Rookie G.S De Burca (8/24/2008 9:47:00 PM)

    a magical poem by a (still) underestimated poet who deepened, & transcended his surrealist influences. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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