Valerie Dohren

(13 January 1947 / Southport)

Within The Dreaming Hours


There within the dreaming hours
Whisp'ring voices soft exclaim
Carried on the gentle wind
Calling, calling out my name

Haunting echoes from the past
Loved ones lost, so far away -
Through my mem'ry sweet souls drift
So upon my heart to play

In the shadows, thus I see
Images of those no more
Flick'ring phantoms, as pale flames
Dancing on the distant shore

Reaching out, can I touch them
Hold them in my trembling hand -
Through my fingers they would slip
Ne'er be grasped, like shifting sand

So within the dreaming hours
I shall linger, in my mind,
Be with those fixed in my heart -
Know the love, once more to find

Submitted: Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, March 13, 2013

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  • Rookie - 24 Points Dee Corpolongo (12/20/2013 10:34:00 PM)

    Beautiful and tearing at my heart....excellent written poem Val, thank you for sharing it. {{{hugs}}} (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 4,555 Points * Sunprincess * (12/20/2013 9:13:00 PM)

    oh val, I read your poems and the beauty touches me every time..
    thank you for sharing these wonderful poems... (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,310 Points Patricia Grantham (4/29/2013 8:31:00 AM)

    This is such a beautiful poem Val. I dream about loved ones gone
    all the time. I think that dreams shows us that we can continue to keep them
    if only to be reminded in a dream. A fantastic write. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points G.R. Gaus (4/6/2013 11:14:00 PM)

    I often dream of my father who passed on many years ago, how else can we stay in touch if it weren't for our insightful dreams. Your poetic words make the dreams come true...... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 315 Points Juan Olivarez (3/27/2013 9:17:00 AM)

    Sometimes I wish I could stay in that land of dreams. No worries there. But the cruel morning decides to awaken me.. love this one. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,078 Points Hazel Durham (3/22/2013 4:27:00 PM)

    Beautiful echoes of past loved ones nudging you to hear their whispers of love in the gentle breeze of your dreams.
    Inspired write! (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,599 Points Diane Hine (3/20/2013 3:53:00 AM)

    How beautifully you've described those rare and precious happy dreams - so much better than daytime memories. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Terry M (3/14/2013 1:17:00 PM)

    We do not control our dreams, or for that matter our heart. Well done, and I think we all have had a dream of our past. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 14 Points Chandra Thiagarajan (3/14/2013 11:47:00 AM)

    Yes. When in dream we meet our loved ones we wish it doesn't end.You have captured my heart with this beautiful poem of yours! (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,879 Points Neela Nath (3/14/2013 11:22:00 AM)

    Nostalgic poem on lost love. Reminiscing. The sadness soaked my eyes.Kudos Val. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,879 Points Kevin Halls (3/13/2013 3:59:00 PM)

    A beautiful poem Val then again when aren't yours a bit special?
    They say dreams can tell us so much, and this poem reflects that so well. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,879 Points Kevin Halls (3/13/2013 3:57:00 PM)

    A beautiful poem Val then again when aren't yours a bit special?
    They say dreams can tell us so much, and this poem reflects that so well. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 717 Points Thomas A Robinson (3/13/2013 3:44:00 PM)

    Oh tis beautiful and haunted love, love it. One of your best Valerie, I know I said that last time.But this poehas all the elements of a lasting poem.Knowing your past it is particularly painful and hope you find peace. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 6,759 Points Valsa George (3/13/2013 7:24:00 AM)

    In the shadows, thus I see
    Images of those no more
    Flick'ring phantoms, as pale flames
    Dancing on the distant shore

    A beautiful stanza..! ! .I too am often lost in the memory of those sweet ones gone ahead, especially my mother! A
    great write Valerie! (Report) Reply

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