Before I Wake

Updated on February 20, 2018
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Poetry that comes from the writer's heart of things she has seen or come to know about, sharing what that heart has learned.

Are Dreams Spiritual?

Whether you believe it is spiritual or your subconscious at work (and personally I believe that it well could be a spiritual experience trying to get through to us), many of us find that we do our very best "thinking" (or decision making) while we are asleep.

It is so well accepted that this clarity comes to us when we sleep, that we have a common expression saying, "Let me sleep on it," when we have to make difficult decisions. Surely we all have voiced these words more than once. Then how many times have we heard it?

Does getting rest allow our brain to sort things out and come to that best decision that is for the best for us? Does sleep give us the opportunity to explore a variety of options in our dreams, and decide which one will work best in our own situation? Or is it that sometimes, God gives us a message we are really needing that comes through loud and clear for a decision so important to us?

Whatever is going on for the nights our dreams seem to be talking to us and clarifying our problems, "sleeping on it" does take on that deep, conclusive meaning.

As is my way, I have included a poem on this that I hope will entertain you and leave you with new insight.

Do Dreams Have Meaning?


Do Spirits Speak to us in our Sleep?

Without the inspired understanding and confirmation, would not dreams be confusing and useless? Surely then our dreams are given for a reason? Are even the crazy, confusing nonsense ones meant to make us at least ask for guidance to figure them out?

Are they for warnings, for revelation, insight of some sort or maybe to bring comfort when we most need it?

Prophetic dreams naturally are biblical and of another sort not included here. I don't think my poem is covering prophetic, but if you do think so, let me know in comments. This is just one of those many poems that game to me from out of the blue since coming to HubPages that surprised even me once it was done.

Hope you enjoy it and are entertained!

A dream is what makes people love life even when it is painful.

~Theodore Zeldin

Dreams You Have Had

Have you ever had dreams you thought were trying to speak to you or tell you something?

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I'm a dreamer. I have to dream and reach for the stars, and if I miss a star then I grab a handful of clouds

. ~ Mike Tyson

Why Are Some Dreams Totally Forgotten and Some Never Are?


Before I Wake - A poem

I dreamed I was so happy

and you were happy too.

We only spoke of joyful

things that we would like to do.

We only did just what we loved

and so happy to wake up.

Blessings seemed to be so over-

running as well as our cup.

It amazed me as I was dreaming

that there was nothing sad.

It was as if we had just met

and no troubles we had.

Surely there must be something;

how could it be so good?

I tried to think of something

bad, but you know, I never could.

Could we live a life like this

where skies were never grey?

Where the sun never went

behind the clouds a single day?

I wondered how we could even

take this smiling all the time?

Could one be that happy; like

a child in a nursery rhyme?

I looked at you and saw someone

I thought was gone so long ago

I barely remembered this person

wondering just when did you go?

Ah, this was great I felt so much

younger and looked younger too.

I had lost all of my frown wrinkles

and then noticed that so had you.

No, we were not younger, even

though we really felt that way.

We simply dropped all our troubles;

and started pushing them away.

Something within us made us

feel so unburdened and so very light.

It was like walking on clouds

lifted up, weightless, as if for flight.

Could this be a sign of something

coming soon that we might see?

Or was something telling me this

was really how it should always be?

Could we forget our troubles,

maybe look over them somehow?

Was it possible that here on earth

we could be that way now?

If only I could put you in this

vision and let you look around.

I was sure you would want all

this happiness too, I had found.

Who would ever turn this down?

I so wished that you could see.

Happiness greater than any

we could hope for you and me.

Should I wake up and see if you

would like to take a look around?

At this astonishing pure joy

and great happiness I had found?

What if you did not want to come

back in this dream with me to see?

Then I would have to go on with

a life that I so wanted now to flee.

Maybe I should just stay here

while I have a chance so good.

As much as I hate to leave you,

it would one day be understood.

Why do many feel they just have to

come back, at least we know some.

Taking a chance to miss all this

when others do not want to come.

I must hurry and decide right now

what to do, or chance I should take.

Maybe with no second chances,

...if I should die before I wake!

NDE (Near Death Experience)

Would you liken this poem to NDE?

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I had a dream that I was awake and I woke up to find myself asleep.

~ Stan Laurel

Are Dreams Responsible for Great Fairy Tales?

Questions & Answers

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    • Jackie Lynnley profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Lynnley 

      16 months ago from The Beautiful South

      That is beautiful Peg, I may borrow that sometime. I have occasional dreams of those gone but mostly they seem to visit me of the day, friends and family and I like to think they are thinking of me, causing me to think of and remember times with them. No matter how busy I may get they seem to just stick in my mind regardless.

      One day we will have all the answers but by then i don't think we will need them.

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      Peg Cole 

      16 months ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      Very interesting and your poetry, beautiful. I wonder about what some dreams are trying to tell me. I know that I often dreamed of my best friend in years past and now that she's gone I still dream of her and cherish those visits even more so. My deceased Mom enters my dream world, too and her sister who was close to me.

      I remember reading an old proverb that went something like this: "Life is but a dream from which death awakens us."

    • Jackie Lynnley profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Lynnley 

      22 months ago from The Beautiful South

      Thank you, that is great Peggy. It is not as often I do not think that I have those dreams, but when I do they are always good ones too. I have rarely had bad dreams my whole life and I always try to go to bed with relaxing thoughts. Much easier to go to sleep by.

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      Peggy Woods 

      22 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Many of my dreams are interacting with loved ones who have already passed on to the next life. I draw comfort from them. The majority of them have me smiling in the morning as I remember them. I truly enjoy my dreams!

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I know what you mean ps, not quite nightmares but not good. Thanks for the angels, catching them now. lol


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      Patricia Scott 

      2 years ago from North Central Florida

      Ah....dreaming is a whole other story is it not ? The ones that trouble me are the ones from which I awaken and just cannot shake them. rarely happens but does happen...often when the stress factor decides to kick in ....hoping all is good with you...Angels are on the way this morning ps

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Thanks so much Rasma, means much to me from such a good poet friend.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      2 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      This was a wonderful poetic journey. Enjoyed and love the ending.

    • Jackie Lynnley profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Lynnley 

      2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Thank you Rachel, so great to see you! Pleased you like this and related to it. Never more pleased than when someone gets anything from a writing of mine. I am sometimes amazed myself when they are given to me for that is exactly how it feels.

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      Rachel L Alba 

      2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Jackie, What a lovely poem. All the while I was reading it, I thought this must be how it is when we die and reach Heaven. Why would we want to come back? Thank you for such a lovely thought in the middle of the day.

      Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

    • Jackie Lynnley profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Lynnley 

      2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      They do Diana, many times seem so real. Thanks so much, pleased you liked the poem!

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I hate ones I know I loved and forget, Bill. Actually had a very interesting one last night that I did remember and I think meant nothing at all! Was very aggravating.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I go two ways on this one. I do think sleep helps to provide clarity of thought. Many times I have awakened and suddenly solutions are available. But I never remember dreams, so it's not like I wake up, replay a dream in my head, and find answers. So I agree with this, loved the poem, but just wish I could remember dreams. :)

    • Jackie Lynnley profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Lynnley 

      2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Thank you so much Dora, that pleases me so much that you think so!

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      Diana L Pierce 

      2 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      Cheery thoughts like these make the greatest poems. Dreams really do seem real.

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Your introduction reminds me of the next book I intend to read. I can understand holding on to such a dream. A really pleasant read!

    • Jackie Lynnley profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Lynnley 

      2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      It does Nikki, it will be so interesting to read I am sure.

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      Nikki Khan 

      2 years ago from London

      Thanks Jackie,,will try to cover this topic to learn more about these prophetic dreams.I am sure,many would be having such dreams.This topic needs to be explored more.

    • Jackie Lynnley profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Lynnley 

      2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Thanks Linda, this is one of my favorite poems and not new but I hoped some may enjoy it. Glad you did!

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I have heard others say that Nikki and those would be prophetic. It would make an interesting article. Why don't you tell us about it?

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      Linda Crampton 

      2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Dreams are so mysterious. I have had some that seem to speak to me, for whatever reason. Your article is interesting and thought provoking, Jackie.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      You are welcome Kendall, I do know that protective feeling for our work! They are our babies, aren't they?

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Thank you, Bill, am pleased you liked it.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I know RoadMonkey, I have always said a notebook would be the thing to do. I have lost memory of so many things I wish I could remember.

      Thanks for reading!

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      Nikki Khan 

      2 years ago from London

      Thanks Jackie for advice,I will definitely try this therapy,I see many dreams,but some of my dreams come true,normally,I see in dream before if something has to happen.Don't know why is that,but it mostly happens.

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      Kari Poulsen 

      2 years ago from Ohio

      I love those dreams where everything is right in the world. I have them often, making it difficult to wake, lol. I enjoyed your poem! :)

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      Kendall Shareef 

      2 years ago

      Thank you for your comment Jackie, that is a little reassuring. For my books I am working on, I know about buying isbn, so I probably should copyright a collection of poems as well. Maybe I will start off posting things that will not be in the books or something I am ok with sharing to test how it works out on here. Thank You!

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      William Kovacic 

      2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Enjoyed and entertained, I was, Jackie. I've had some dreams that seem to speak in some way - really not sure what it's all about, but you did well with this. Thanks!

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      2 years ago

      Really enjoyed that poem. There are a few dreams I remember, one was probably a nightmare but I think it was based on a radio program I heard. Definitely, sleeping on it helps solve problems. I have done that with my writing when coming to a difficult part of the story. I used to keep a notebook by my bed to write ideas down because by the morning, I hadforgotten them.

    • Jackie Lynnley profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Lynnley 

      2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I don't have many bad dreams Nikki. I do hate when I do, but most of mine are pleasant and I hate to wake up from most.

      Perhaps you could try thinking pleasant thoughts last thing at night, like one of your favorite places to be, etc. I use that for relaxing so maybe it helps with the good dreams.

    • Jackie Lynnley profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Lynnley 

      2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I have a US copyright on all my stuff, Kendall which when I make a collection of is very inexpensive. I put as much in each as I can and have several.

      I know how you feel though and even with a copyright there are people who may feel free to take our writings but I just came to the conclusion to face it when it comes down to that.

      We only live once and then too, I believe from what I have heard from other writers, HP helps with these problems.

      They do have the date and copyright at the end of each of our writings. Perhaps that is enough...just not sure but know many do trust it.

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      Nikki Khan 

      2 years ago from London

      Very Nice poetry,,I remember some few dreams which came true later in life,,some I just forget,,I think it’s best to forget those.Some are so pleasant,just hate to wake up from.

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      Kendall Shareef 

      2 years ago

      Great Poem! I write Poetry as well but have been afraid to upload my original pieces online as I'm always afraid my work may get stolen. Thank you for sharing this with us all!

    • Jackie Lynnley profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Lynnley 

      2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I know Eric, I have some of the very best dreams and have never kept a record of them. Wish I had, because many are so good. But I do remember a few.

      Thanks for coming by!

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very nice poem indeed.

      It just struck me reading this that some people don't get insights from dreaming. I had never thought of that. It is a morning ritual around here to talk about our dreams. And sometimes they are forgotten and we think that means something too.


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