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Charles B. Neff Posts Fifth Poem in a Series Exclusively for AD Members
6/27/2008 10:03:00 AM
by Charles B. Neff
| ‘Dreamspeak’ is the fifth of eight poems that were written over many years, starting in a distressing period of my life and reaching – gradually, finally – new understanding.
I didn’t plan the individual poems as a coherent collection and didn’t realize the story they told until I recently read through a number of older poems. Those poems felt like preludes to newer ones, revealing, in concert, what was really going on inside me.
Though much occurred in my life before the first poem took shape, and though I am still very much alive, I call this collection: Lifecycle. At very least, it traverses the circular path of one of the most significant cycles in my life so far.
A new poem will be added for each of the next three weeks;
The previous poems in Lifecycle are: Half-Alive, Second Skin and First Guest,and There are Times.
I had a dream, one of the few I can recall.
A voice explained to me a perfect life,
Offered a list of simple rules.
Be agreeable, ask no questions, just obey.
In my dream I went from place to place,
And tried those admonitions.
They seemed to work,
Until I writhed in stifling oppression.
Trapped in heavy binding I couldn’t move.
Waking just enough under a knotted quilt,
I cast it off and dozed back to easy sleep,
Comforted not by rules, but necessary choices,
And the daily joys of making them.
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