Herbert Nehrlich

Rookie (04 October 1943 / Germany)


Poem by Herbert Nehrlich

Inside the womb I dreamed.
And dreamed my way
into this world
of stark reality.

The soothing sounds
of amniotic fluid,
the careful movements
of my guardian,
were lulling me
at first, to sleep.
But, as I grew
my world unfolded and
engulfed me.
I drank my fill
and dreamed
about the next.
I chewed the nipples
of my territory,
and grabbed the flesh
and scratched,
but mostly touched.
And dreamed.
The helter-skelter world,
as it demanded
my unshared presence
laid some dreams to rest.
I wonder if it really
is gray matter,
that fits together fragments
for the best.

I dream of all the things
I read in books.
Of distant shores
and people unlike me.
And later started dreaming
of reality,
and could not see
why it was not a dream.
Perhaps I never left
those hazy times,
whose purple mist
was pleasant to be in.
And when the sun
the fog to rise
it's difficult to ascertain
which world I'm in.
It's never a surprise.
Sounds dreamy, does it not?
And pleasantly congenial.
But God was right
to have our nights
reserved for dreams.

The daydreamer
who has not learned the rules
may wake himself
by hearing his own screams.

Comments about Reality by Herbert Nehrlich

  • Rich Hanson (2/6/2005 11:59:00 AM)

    This really is well done, depth of thought, well-crafted. Impressive(Report)Reply

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  • Herbert Nehrlich1 (11/28/2004 4:43:00 PM)

    Thank you Tiffany. Do you have relatives in the Bellingham area? I had an Etter family there as patients in the 80's.
    I will look at more of your poems, what I see so far looks very good.

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, November 28, 2004

Poem Edited: Tuesday, December 14, 2004