Always a Dreamer (poetic prompt: dreamer)

Earlier this week I had the greatest compliment paid to my writing, when my poem ‘Life View‘ was likened to a moment from Thomas Hardy’s ‘Jude the Obscure’ – thank you kertsen!

When I was a teenager/young adult I read a lot of Thomas Hardy and Jane Austen, and coincidentally ‘Jude the Obscure’ was my favourite Hardy novel. I think it was the bleakness that appealed to me, as Jude (a dreamer with unfulfilled hope) strives to achieve a better future but it all falls apart. It’s not a novel with a happy ending.

Looking back I’m surprised at my youthful appreciation of Jude’s character and motivation and now understand that I am like Jude in many ways, a dreamer wishing for great things. And maybe I always was.

With this in mind, my poetic prompt word for today is ‘dreamer’.

Always a Dreamer

To calm yourself in times of stress
Close your eyes and worry less

Just float away from chaos and strife
And yearn for a tranquil peaceful life

Just a dreamer escaping this world
Afloat on the sea with sails unfurled

You wish to achieve great success
At everything you want to be the best

But dreams may clash with reality
And compromise is often necessary

You move through life setting goals
Always a dreamer in heart and soul

copyright © 2018 Karen Horsley

My favourite Thomas Hardy poem is ‘A Thunderstorm in Town‘, which you may read via the link, if you wish.

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Hi, I'm Karen, creator of which is home to my poetry, art and general ramblings. I am the author two collections of poetry, 'Kaleidoscopic Beauty' & 'I am the Stars in the Sky', and the children's book 'All That Glitters' (not yet published). I also enjoy running.

2 thoughts on “Always a Dreamer (poetic prompt: dreamer)

  1. Yes Hardy was one who very well knew how plans can be thwarted by circumstances and some have interpreted the trait he has of pointing this out as proof of his pessimistic nature. This is not the whole truth of his philosophy and those wishing to have a more accurate view should read his amazing poem Hap.

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