Matt Mooney

Always Eighteen

The clearness of a dream
I had in bed last night
Has dimmed at dawn-
I'm awake and looking west,
Its dialogue in a deep sleep
Now almost vanished
In the wash of awakening.

In the dream, so real I swear,
She appeared:
Into my head as I slept she crept:
Always eighteen.
As lovely as I left her
At her father's hearth
And said our last goodbyes
To all the years of my unspoken love.
Love's Labour- I began to say,
(Speaking of the title of a play)
But there she stopped me
In my mid line
To finish it herself this time:
'Love's Labour- is never- Lost'

Contradicting
Both Shakespeare and myself.
That was the only thing she said
As with the dream she left my bed.

Poem Submitted: Thursday, July 23, 2009
Poem Edited: Wednesday, September 4, 2013

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  • Aya NasrAya Nasr (11/12/2019 5:39:00 AM)

    Matt, it's been a while ago, sweetest and simplest line i've ever read " As with the dream she left my bed." , men of this age have no idea nor will understand any of these lines.

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  • Matt MooneyMatt Mooney (11/10/2019 6:03:00 PM)

    My belated but sincere gratitude to all of you who reacted to and commented on 'Always Eighteen. Bless you.

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  • Bri EdwardsBri Edwards (4/22/2018 5:43:00 PM)

    it's going into my/our May showcase today. thanks. bri ;)

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  • Bri EdwardsBri Edwards (4/3/2018 12:18:00 PM)

    4 1/2 years later i have returned to this poem, not realizing i'd read it (see previous comment, if you wish) .

    favorite lines so far (and almost then as well) :
    She appeared:
    Into my head as I slept she crept: ...................and again i especially enjoyed the last stanza. to MyPoemList and i think my future May showcase. it's a very fine poem! ! ! bri :)

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  • Marie ShineMarie Shine (6/22/2017 3:14:00 AM)

    The title of the poem drew me in to read it, Matt and as I read the first line I was held a willing captive to the final line in the poem. A very poignant write of unrequited love. You have captured the coming and the going of dreams exquisitely in this superbly penned poem and I love how the beloved in your dream gave you the beautiful, spiritual line 'Love's labour - is never - lost! This is so true! Love is a two way gift because it benefits both the giver as well as the receiver. I adore the first two lines of the final verse:
    'Contradicting
    both Shakespeare and myself'.
    Simply magical!
    Perfect rhythm and rhyme, the poem is an ace of poetic expression and excellent word choice has created a wonderful visual arrangement of the dream in the sterling crafting. Thank you for sharing, Matt. I so enjoyed reading. Blessings always...

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  • S.zaynab KamoonpuriS.zaynab Kamoonpuri (3/23/2015 3:55:00 PM)

    Wow what a vision and sensational how u put the dream to ink of poetry! Great way to share a vivid dream in style! Thumbs up.
    Nice to read u again poet.

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  • Charles MonroeCharles Monroe (10/29/2013 1:45:00 PM)

    'Top One-Hundred Poets Club'
    Out of Thousands and thousands of Poems online
    Mine was number sixty-five.
    Poet with a Thousand Kills
    But with weak promotion skills.
    Poem Hunters lose their way
    And, at times, become the prey
    All is fair in War and Love
    Top One-Hundred Poets Club.
    All contestants orchestrated
    Or perhaps they're all related
    Smiling proud with Pen in Hand
    We remain the Underrated.
    It will take a thousand Poets
    Just to help you stay afloat
    But nothing beats the satisfaction
    To receive an honest Vote.
    Poem Hunts the lamest Ducks
    I Searched You a thousand bucks
    Poison Ink reigns from above
    Top One-hundred Poets Club

    P.X

    #65 Charles Monroe


    Novus Ordo Seclorum

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  • Dipy HermoniteDipy Hermonite (10/20/2013 2:17:00 PM)

    A nice write. Have cast my vote

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  • Susan LacovaraSusan Lacovara (10/20/2013 12:34:00 AM)

    I have indeed voted for your lovely poem...sometimes the bittersweet return, of a lover, lost, even if only in a fleeting dream, is enough to make the heart dance again...as if 18...and unaware of the long life road ahead...beautifully expressed. I now take your words, with me, and drift towards sleep...in search of my lost love. Goodnight and PEACE

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  • Tom Bannon (10/19/2013 2:54:00 PM)

    Fantastic piece - Love the dialogue in the poem and another lovely memory put down beautifully in verse

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  • Jim Larkin (10/19/2013 10:10:00 AM)

    Awesome poetry Matt. I love it. Very touching. Keep writing such great poetry. A+++++++++

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  • Karin Joyce (10/19/2013 9:00:00 AM)

    The tender memories of youth. Powerful. As lovely as I left her at her father's hearth. Soars your heart back in time. Well done. Best of luck.

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  • Bri EdwardsBri Edwards (10/12/2013 10:11:00 PM)

    i especially enjoyed the following lines:

    slept she crept:
    Always eighteen.

    That was the only thing she said
    As with the dream she left my bed.

    besides enjoying the rhymes, i found your lines very picturesque.
    thanks for sharing. i give it an excellent, which i don't give easily. in fact if i wait too long to vote i may drop it a notch. na.

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  • Kanav JustaKanav Justa (12/29/2012 4:02:00 AM)

    It touched my heart straight away..... awsum writee

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  • Rekha Mandagere (2/8/2011 11:22:00 PM)

    The thought 'Love's Labour- is never- Lost' is highly moving one towards deep faith in life.it is a great gift to all of us.

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  • G Sweeney (1/7/2011 7:36:00 AM)

    A very wonderful, moving poem. always eighteen, yes that is where i want to be and love's labor never lost is a beautiful beautiful thought to hold onto forever. gayle

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  • Constance K Yost (1/5/2011 10:17:00 AM)

    a supernova, Matt, from start to finish...Those dreams, we always wake up!
    Constance

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  • Juan OlivarezJuan Olivarez (11/15/2010 6:33:00 PM)

    Excellent poetry Matt, your writing reminds me of The works of William Butler Yeats.
    It is definitely a ten

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  • John Oconnell (11/4/2010 6:47:00 AM)

    CERTAINLY WORTH A 10 AND MORE! ONE HUMDINGER OF A WRITE - THANKS. BEST WISHES, JOHN

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  • Bert BellBert Bell (10/27/2010 10:39:00 PM)

    This is an absolutely marvelous poem. It's so poignant and visceral and the images are keen and vivid. It's simply splendid. 10++++

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