Marc Mannheimer

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A Man's Dream - Poem by Marc Mannheimer

A house
of stone and glass,
built above the ocean,
reflects the sunlight
from fifty different points,
Its long, sleek lines
speak of power
and wit;
along the
it stands
in majesty.

He has built this house
It is the fulfilment of his dreams –
his dreams within this dream
(in waking he has not yet conceived of this house,
not even of the idea of being an architect) .

He stares,
wide-eyed and unbelieving
at his work,
at his craft.

A woman in a low-cut, black
black lace
her arms,
walks up toward him from the beach,
slowly, with certain
As she approaches,
he can see that
she holds
a scale,
a glass of red wine on one side,
and a dagger
balancing it out.

Her lips are full,
like the

'See? '
she motions to the scale,
'you have a choice! '
Her dark eyes laugh,
her smile crimps
at the corners.

He feels a longing
to reach up,
brush her lips
with the backs of his fingers

And then, a flash of white
falls across his field of vision,
for an instant -
A bird? An illusion?
The sleeve of a white gown?

He looks up at his home.
A smile lights his features,
and he wakes.

Comments about A Man's Dream by Marc Mannheimer

  • (5/22/2008 4:50:00 PM)

    Dear Marc

    The first thing that came to my mind after reading this is: Should you be an Author, this poem has all the hallmarks of an imaganitive mind, someone who can really bring a story to life, , , , , Any thoughts on this?

    Eitherway, , take care
    Love duncan X
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  • (12/31/2007 7:18:00 PM)

    We live to dream and dream to live, but I haven't met that lady of my dreams yet. (Report) Reply

  • (10/12/2007 12:27:00 AM)

    You have encapsulated the main elements of everymans dream I think and presented it a dream like constructive manner, Which appeals even to an ardent formalist like me (Report) Reply

  • (9/24/2007 2:45:00 PM)

    This is truly the Dream of every, the most creative mind, the most beautiful lady, the best place and the most wonderful moment (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, July 21, 2007

Poem Edited: Tuesday, March 22, 2011

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