A Dream Lies Dead Poem by Dorothy Parker

A Dream Lies Dead

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A dream lies dead here. May you softly go
Before this place, and turn away your eyes,
Nor seek to know the look of that which dies
Importuning Life for life. Walk not in woe,
But, for a little, let your step be slow.
And, of your mercy, be not sweetly wise
With words of hope and Spring and tenderer skies.
A dream lies dead; and this all mourners know:

Whenever one drifted petal leaves the tree-
Though white of bloom as it had been before
And proudly waitful of fecundity-
One little loveliness can be no more;
And so must Beauty bow her imperfect head
Because a dream has joined the wistful dead!

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Sokal Roy 09 November 2011

my choice so nice so inspirational poem..

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Cynthia Buhain-baello 29 December 2009

Lovely, excellent choice of words and effective use of punctuation.

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Yekaterina Bezpalaya 24 December 2008

It is a cheerful sort of sorrow. The kind when you are sad but you know there will be brighter skies ahead and you take that and you walk forward. Heartfelt: ]

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Lindbergh Hughes 13 December 2009

Dorothy is simply brilliant! !

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Zaarah Jasmin 21 March 2009

dreams are planned, reality is just exsicutive the planned.. to dream is reality, and for dream to becomes reality is what we always dream. Very inspirational poem..

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Heather Winfield Marsh 06 November 2021

Im scared to offer an opinion about the poem.

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Dr Dillip K Swain 24 August 2021

Walk not in woe....sound advice!

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Whatever soulmate 13 April 2021

Has the dream died?

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Konab Ghazanfar 13 April 2021

just stunning

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Fawaz Argof 25 February 2021

when somebody is completely had enough from disappoint of people and failure in some point of life, he just feels like this is it, but as long as we breath we mustn't give up.

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