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What Are You Dreaming For?

Updated on January 21, 2017

What are you dreaming for?

Seems like there's always a slamming door

And if you aren't two steps ahead

Well, then, you might just fail the test

Struggle comes along and leaves its scars

It tries hard to change who you are

Life, it seems, just gets in the way

Until you are the mistakes you make

Ah, but just you wait

Sometimes those mistakes you make

Become stepping stones

To use until you find you've grown

Tall enough to see how far you've come

And all the things you can still become

Ready or not, here life comes once more

And that, my friend, is what you're dreaming for


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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I say "BRING IT ON!"

      Good to see you writing the message!

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      Shannon 5 months ago from Texas

      Thanks, Bill! Bring it on indeed. That was a message to myself. LOL. Been trying to accomplish several things this past year and those damn hurdles won't stop popping up. So far, I'm determined to jump them all. Or at least knock them over when I trip and fall in my face. At least then I can get back up and still go forward. LOL

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      Paula 5 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      You write great right after the other. They're put together well, and they make sense. "Until you are the mistakes you make."....LOL that's terrific. I just hope you weren't referring to me! Guilty?? Who me?? That's the first person I thought of! Being terribly clumsy....I can attest to the fact that eventually the rumble of a body thumping down the stairs, becomes a theme song!!

      I can just see you coming to a complete halt in the middle of chaos and tapping out a poem like a mad scientist...LOL Good job

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      Shannon 5 months ago from Texas

      OMG, Paula, don't fall.down the stairs. You'll break your pretty little neck! But if you want company, I am excellent at falling UP stairs and falling in general. What else to do, but laugh and whimper in pain? LOL. I know I look hilarious. Because I get laughed at. ;) Can't say much, though. I'm mean. I opened the truck door the other day. Didn't realize my daughter was leaning against it and out she tumbled. Landed on her back and butt on the ground. I laughed and wished I'd been recording it. She wasn't hurt and laughed too, but she still won't let me forget that I made her fall and laughed about it. You would have laughed, too; it was so unexpected and absurd.

      But I wasn't talking about clumsiness, so, no, I was most definitely not referencing you! You and your strength. You are an amazing person in so many ways. An example of the overall message I attempted, actually. Strength and perseverance.

      You're sort of correct about stopping to write something in the middle of chaos. LOL. It's not always the full finished product, though. Sometimes it's a text to myself so I don't forget if I don't have paper handy. And if I can't sleep until I write something down.

      You're always so encouraging with your comments. Thank you!

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      Shyron E Shenko 5 months ago from Texas

      Shannon, I love your poetry

      What am I dreaming for?

      It is the girl inside of me

      Who dreams of things that can never be

      For when that girl inside of me

      Accepts that too much time has passed

      To make those dreams come true at last

      And realizes that her dream came true

      While she was looking in the past.

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      whonunuwho 5 months ago from United States

      Nice expressive poetry my friend. Blessings.whonu

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      Larry Rankin 5 months ago from Oklahoma

      I keep dreaming because it keeps me going.

      As always, an interesting read.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      What am I dreaming of? Reading more of your lovely poetry. You've sure conquered any hurdles pertaining to writing poems. Keep it up my friend ... I want more!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hopeful dreams are always on board, that's what keeps the boat afloat. Love your writing!

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      Eric Dierker 5 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      whahoo!!! A great one from my friend. If we are wise, we see future as the prize. Not the focus and let it not lead us. But let us see others doing well, for that saves us from our hell.

      You speak well of hope and I think that over about 4 years of friendship I trust you.

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      Shannon 5 months ago from Texas

      Thank you, whonu. Nice of you to say, especially coming from a fine poet such as you.

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      Shannon 5 months ago from Texas

      Good to keep going, Larry. Thanks, as always, for stopping by to read.

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      Shannon 5 months ago from Texas

      What a nice thing to say, Audrey! Thank you!

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      Shannon 5 months ago from Texas

      I love your writing too, Ruby! Thank you for coming by and leaving your sweet comments.

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      Shannon 5 months ago from Texas

      Hi, Eric. I have to believe in hope for my own sanity, I fear. LOL. Has it really been four years? Time flies when you're having fun. Thanks.

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      Shannon 5 months ago from Texas

      Shyron, I was fighting with autocorrect to reply to your lovely comment and it made no sense! Let's try again. . .Thanks for the poems you leave with your comments.

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      Martie Coetser 5 months ago from South Africa

      Profound poem. I can relate! If you don't want to make mistakes and grow, do nothing at all.

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      Shannon 5 months ago from Texas

      Hi Martie. Autocorrect insists that I call you Mattie. Just took about five tries to fix it and get it to stay that way. I think autocorrect has officially outgrown my welcome! LOL

      Anyway. . . .

      Like a baby learning to walk, there are always mistakes, falling down, and continued occasional tripping for the rest of life. Plus, you have to crawl before you can walk. But if we don't try, we'll never learn to walk.

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      ChangingTides2331 5 months ago from Danvers, Mass

      Never stop dreaming, trying & getting off the ground when that's where we find ourselves. Thank you

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      Shannon 4 months ago from Texas

      That's true, ChangingTides, I think there's more self-discovery on the journey than at the destination.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Wonderful poetic thoughts. Nicely penned.

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      BODYLEVIVE 4 months ago from Alabama, USA

      I love that poem, so true to life. I don't think I'll ever be tall enough. I dream of one day waking up, finding that I'm finally tall enough to see that life isn't so crappy after all.

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      Faith-Hope-Love 4 months ago

      Good and so true.

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      Shannon 4 months ago from Texas

      Thank you, Rasta.

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      Shannon 4 months ago from Texas

      It's really not so crappy after all. Crappy moments that sometimes seem to drag on and on perhaps, but it's a beautiful thing overall. Thanks for reading and commenti, bodylevive.

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      Shannon 4 months ago from Texas

      Faith-Hope-Love, thank you!

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      Tamara BBYCGN 5 weeks ago from I have no idea

      One of my favorite quotes I heard was in a Shirley Temple movie "Why keep reaching for the moon when what you need is right outside your front door?" It has always been my favorite saying. Thank you for sharing this thought-provoking post!



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      Shannon 4 weeks ago from Texas

      Excellent quote, Tamara. I think it fits nicely here. Thanks for stopping by and for sharing. :)

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