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Misplaced
Posted by: K.Q. (217.144.1.---)
Date: July 26, 2004 10:45AM

Misplaced

Looking through the drawers of a messy past,
I come across an item I once hid desperately.
As dear as it was, I wanted to keep it secure.
Sometimes too safe is dangerous in a way,
As I have lost it for many years till today.

Now I find a misplaced dream
In a drawer of personal history
That has not died but has been
Hibernating for many winters
Of heat and cold and old passions

What do you do with a dream misplaced?
Burn or turn or throw to the wind?
Reverse the question:
What does a misplaced dream do to you?
Kill, chill or drown you in a sea of “what if”?

And again I float on a wave of pleasure:
My dream misplaced still lives!


Re: Misplaced
Posted by: lg (---.trlck.ca.charter.com)
Date: July 26, 2004 10:52AM

What do you do with a dream misplaced?

A good question for all of us, K. Q. Do we abandon our dreams with the passing of time, or come back to them eventually?

Most of us abandon them, never to go back. A poem to make us think. I always appreciate that.

Les


Re: Misplaced
Posted by: Gwydion (---.bchsia.telus.net)
Date: July 26, 2004 11:03AM



Fantastic stanza:
Now I find a misplaced dream
In a drawer of personal history
That has not died but has been
Hibernating for many winters
Of heat and cold and old passions

I say, if you were lucky enough to stumble across your misplaced dream...then go for it!


It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. (Aristotle)


Re: Misplaced
Posted by: K.Q. (---.batelco.jo)
Date: July 27, 2004 05:28AM

Dear Les,
Thanks for the comment . I appreciate it.
Dear Gwyn,
I love the enthusiasm by which you respond. Thanks.


Re: Misplaced
Posted by: Naked Lady (---.hpl.lib.al.us)
Date: July 27, 2004 12:50PM

Dreams deferred... "drown you in a sea of “what if”?" that is a good way to put it. Those cast aside efforts and desires do tend to swollow us eventually. I think a dream can always revive, reincarnate even, everything is about the will of the dreamer.

Thanks for this poem, it got me thinking about indefinitely stored items.


ambassador in chains


Re: Misplaced
Posted by: K.Q. (---.batelco.jo)
Date: July 28, 2004 03:19AM

smiling smiley


Re: Misplaced
Posted by: russ (---.olypen.com)
Date: July 28, 2004 10:02AM

look at it. don't follow it.


Re: Misplaced
Posted by: K.Q. (217.144.1.---)
Date: July 28, 2004 11:16AM

Thanks for the advice!


Re: Misplaced
Posted by: peternsz (---.client.comcast.net)
Date: July 28, 2004 04:03PM


the gentleness of the narrator's voice, here, is a real please. The starled discoverry of a lost treasure -- I found a poem by a passing through friend I 'd lost since 1969 today, mumbling through my files. I've been looking for it all this time.

Peter


Re: Misplaced
Posted by: K.Q. (---.batelco.jo)
Date: July 29, 2004 02:47AM

Thanks for your kind words Peter. What I stubmbled through and inspired this poem was a love letter! I had a "telepathic friend" some 10 years ago, and he once gave me a piece of writing that I placed somewhere and forgot all about. When asked about what I thought, I just smiled since I really didn't read it and practically lost it by trying to save it in a safe place. I came across it recently and it is the most beautiful love letter I ever came across. I can't help thinking that it might have changed the course of my entire personal history; nevertheless, I can't regret! It is funny though, and a moving experience!


Re: Misplaced
Posted by: peternsz (---.client.comcast.net)
Date: July 29, 2004 03:49AM

K.Q

What do you do with a dream misplaced?
Burn or turn or throw to the wind?
Reverse the question:
What does a misplaced dream do to you?

Yhe turn, excellent. Make the reader think about what you are saying, because reversiving a question doesn't show up that often.

Workmanship. Always. Workmanship.

Peter


Re: Misplaced
Posted by: K.Q. (---.batelco.jo)
Date: July 29, 2004 03:53AM

Thanks Peter, I appreciate that!!


Re: Misplaced
Posted by: lg (---.trlck.ca.charter.com)
Date: July 29, 2004 04:05AM

I couldn't let this thread die without referring to a favorite poem of mine by Langston Hughes.

A Dream Deferred

What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore--
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over--
like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?


Les


Re: Misplaced
Posted by: peternsz (---.client.comcast.net)
Date: July 29, 2004 04:07AM

You comment reveals one of those "lost opportunities " What if I hadn't been in jail the dy we had an appointment, hank, in the red light distnt. Every life had misses and hits. A poem, againg, that is effective.


Peter


Re: Misplaced
Posted by: K.Q. (---.batelco.jo)
Date: July 29, 2004 04:11AM

Les,
This is one of my favorite poems too. To me it does explode into a multitude of things!
Peter,
Not quite a "lost opportunity" but what I call a "perhaps change", if you see what I mean. I still do not regret the way things took their course!
Thanks for both of you !! smiling smiley


Re: Misplaced
Posted by: peternsz (---.client.comcast.net)
Date: July 29, 2004 04:14AM

Les -- Defered is denied, MLK was listening to Hughes. "I have a dream."

Hughes, and the whole Harlem Renaissance group, is very special in American poetry.


Re: Misplaced
Posted by: lg (---.trlck.ca.charter.com)
Date: July 29, 2004 04:18AM

It is also the source of Lorraine Hansberry's play, A Raisin in the Sun.

Les


Re: Misplaced
Posted by: J.H.SUMMERS (---.chartertn.net)
Date: July 29, 2004 06:25PM

K.Q.,

Some dreams are lost, others resurface from time to time and some are outgrown. I liked these lines,

"Sometimes too safe is dangerous in a way,
As I have lost it for many years till today."

A poem that caused me to ponder, I like that.

john


Re: Misplaced
Posted by: K.Q. (217.144.1.---)
Date: July 30, 2004 11:27AM

thanks John! I appreciate itsmiling smiley


Re: Misplaced
Posted by: Marty (---.247.72.102.up.mi.chartermi.net)
Date: April 01, 2005 11:06PM

Hi K.Q. and all,
Have stopped by to read new posts, but have been having a very difficult time of things, so haven't put forth the effort to respond. I like this, K.Q., and find some sort of comfort in the idea of everything in its proper place. I feel mystery in the fact it (the letter) was found later, as if perhaps the time and distance offer timely retrospection.
Not so sure about who bumped this....or the strange poker thing...but glad to have found it here.

Marty


Re: Misplaced
Posted by: drpeternsz (---.hsd1.ca.comcast.net)
Date: April 01, 2005 11:42PM

K.Q.,

Just act as if your secret admirer is shy, and let him be.

Peter


Re: Misplaced
Posted by: K.Q. (---.118.31.34.ua.batelco.jo)
Date: April 02, 2005 03:58AM

Thanks Marty for your comment!

Peter, the funny thing is that as I found this letter and dwelled in my thoughts, this person suddenly called and reappeared. Call that a coincidence!! In another poem "Misplaced Dream, Found?" I talk about the finding of that person. It was amazing, misplaced in time and circumstances, but amazing! Thanks for the advice.


Re: Misplaced
Posted by: A-Leenos (---.dyn.optonline.net)
Date: April 12, 2005 02:56PM

the spammer (or as I believe it to be, a bot program) seems to frequent K.Q. If it can be determined why, it may be a clue in how to block the bot.

But on the positive side, it's always nice to re-visit one of K.Q.'s poems.


Re: Misplaced
Posted by: drpeternsz (---.hsd1.ca.comcast.net)
Date: April 12, 2005 03:02PM

true
about the niceness
of K.Q.'s
poetry
the visiting
that is




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