Mirage (a dream)

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Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream? ~ Edgar Allan Poe, A Dream Within A Dream.

Like fleeting thoughts
On ephemeral nights,
Like icicle tears,
And blinding lights.
Like molten silver,
Solid gold,
Like dying warm,
And living cold,
Like burning fires,
Embers dead,
Like perfect lies,
And things unsaid.

They say:
Humans come and humans go,
Good times too and strife,
But what if we haven’t woken up
from a dream we call our life?

P.C. – Pankaj Bihani

116 Comments Add yours

  1. francisashis says:

    Excellent writing,thanks a lot for the lovely post.🌹👍🙏

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much. I’m so glad you like it. Peace and greetings.

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      1. francisashis says:

        Most welcome.🌹👍🙏

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  2. Perfection, Shanu! Your poem is beautifully constructed, and the ideas are expressed so well!

    I like the Poe quote. I read a lot of his work when I was in high school. My sister compared Poe’s “Masque of the Red Death” to COVID19, which I thought was brilliant! What do you think?

    All the best! Cheryl

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Ah. Thank you so much Cheryl. Those are beautiful words. I’m so glad you like it.
      I have been an absolute lover of Poe’s works especially his poems. The only story of his that I read was that of the cat. Thanks to you, I read the masque of the red death now, and I can why your sister must have compared it to the global pandemic. Absolutely clever.
      It was such wonderful talking to you. Finally found someone who loves Edgar Allan Poe equally well. (Do you? I got the feel)
      All the best.

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      1. Yes, Shanyu, I read a lot of Poe’s stuff when I was young, and still remember a lot of it. Cheryl

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      2. Shanyu says:

        Well, I’m lucky to have come cross him in the recent times, and he is already leaving a mark.

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  3. yelena says:

    thoughtful and beautifully penned, Shanyu~

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much Y! Wonderful thing to say.

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  4. Wow! Very well expressed ☺️

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much!

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  5. This is such a beautiful poem. Loved it, read it thrice.

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much. That is a wonderful comment. I’m so glad you like it. Not to brag, but this is one of my personal favourites in terms of its rhythm.

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      1. Bingo! It has a very different and beautiful rhythm.

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      2. Shanyu says:

        Thank you so much. You’ve got me.

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  6. You have wonderful crafted this piece, Shanyu!!

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much Newton. This is a wonderful comment. Have a great day

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  7. Shanyu, like a dream within a dream, your poem is dark and eloquent, with rich flowing rhythmic lines that enrapture the reader’s soul. A stunning write!

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much Lance. Your presence is greatly appreciated. Thank you so much. I’m glad you like it.

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      1. Shanyu, it is such a wonderful pleasure. Absolutely… ! Blessings.

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      2. Shanyu says:

        You are too kind.

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      3. You’re very welcome!

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      4. Thank you, Shanyu!

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      5. It’s a very sincere pleasure, Shanyu. Absolutely… ! Blessings.

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      6. Shanyu says:

        Warmest regards. Blessed.

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      7. Peace and light, my friend.

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  8. Nawazish says:

    Beautiful!!❣❣

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much!

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much Nico! Have a fantastic day.

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      1. Blessings! 😊🏔🏞

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      2. Shanyu says:

        Caught them! Sending some back.

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  9. that about sums it up.. nice post

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much Cindy. Have a great day.

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      1. You’re so welcome

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  10. I enjoyed this poem from beginning to end…flowing, lyrical and rhythmic; it captivated me from the first lines..I enjoyed the juxtaposition of “dying warm” and “living cold” …beautifully penned and loved the ending:)

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Hola K. I’m so glad to know you like the poem. You have been able to see such deeply into the poem and that is wonderful. Thank you so much for your kind words. Have a fantastic day.

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  11. siaonara says:

    Compiled in an engaging and winsome way!❤️
    Love that it’s inspired from the poem of one of my favourite poets!

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much S! I’m so glad to have you here. I’m glad to know you like Edgar Allan Poe too. I’m a big time fan myself.

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  12. Katy Claire says:

    Fantastic poem, Shanu! I really enjoyed this ☺️

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much Katy. Glad to have you here. Have a nice day.

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much friend. Peace and greetings.

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  13. inspirechief says:

    Beautiful work. Your poem really connected with me. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much friend. I’m so glad you like my work. Thank you. Peace and greetings.

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  14. “All that we see or seem
    Is but a dream within a dream.” ❤

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  15. Wonderfully expressed Shanyu! Just too good!

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much friend. I’m so glad to have you here. Have a wonderful week.

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  16. What a beautiful poem!! I wonder from where you get such ideas and words. Absolutely amazing. Keep it up and never give up. All the Best for your future.

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much Shreyas! These are wonderful and kind words. Thank you for stopping by. To answer your question, to have such wonderful readers is all it takes to have such ideas. Thank you. Have a fantastic day.

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  17. Incredible poem Shanyu. The imagery is splendid. It has plenty of depth.
    “But what if we haven’t woken up
    from a dream we call our life?”
    We did not. Maya… Illusion…
    Be well my dear friend.
    G.

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Hi G.
      Thank you so much for these words of kindness. I’m so glad you like the work.
      You’ve put it wonderfully. “We haven’t woken up. Maya…” Inception really got me thinking.
      Have a blissful morning.
      Shanyu.

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      1. My pleasure Shanyu. It’s a gorgeous poem. I enjoyed tremendously.
        Thank you for the bliss. It’s here. Love and peace right back to you.
        xoxo

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      2. Shanyu says:

        Thank you G. You know, every time I see your comments, I jump up in excitement. It’s how kind you’ve been to me. Thank you so much for that G. Hows the cat?
        Yours,
        Shanyu.

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      3. Oh, thank you, thank you. Same here. Maya is fine. She is as beautiful as an illusion 🙂
        xoxo

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      4. Shanyu says:

        Oh my god. Her name’s actually Maya!? Well that’s coincidental. Maybe it was all meant to be, a perfectly tailored dream…

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      5. That’s right. Her name is Maya. A perfectly tailored dream…
        Hugs.

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      6. Shanyu says:

        Lovely. Hugs and a warm cuddle for Maya. May this dream be as beautiful as it can get, and may you find each other in realms beyond.

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      7. 🙏🌹🙏🌸🙏💕🙏🤗

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  18. Oh, I love that last line!

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Ah. Thank you so much.

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  19. Chetna says:

    Man! It was deep. So insightful.
    Great job Shanyu.💫

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much Chetna! Kind words Indeed.

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  20. Angana says:

    Wow… this is beautiful, so deep and lovely rhythm…perfect! loved it!

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much A! These are such kind words. Thank you so much for your time. Have a fantastic day.

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  21. Ananda says:

    But what if we haven’t woken up
    from a dream we call our life?

    Indeed the right question to which the only answer is to discard the question and be awake

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Well, that is perceptive. Thank you for stopping by. Have a fantastic day.

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  22. Brilliant writing as always, Shanyu! I enjoy Poe’s work and love how you connected your poetry with his quote. I really enjoyed the way you presented that thought to the reader.

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Hi R!
      Thank you so much for these kind words. I’m so glad you like my connection. Poe is indeed a wonderful writer and to be able to write about one of his poems has been absolutely wonderful. Glad you liked it. Have a fantastic day.

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much!

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  23. wardah says:

    I love the way you wrote this! It’s perfect for this theme. Well penned!! 👏

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much W! Take care.

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      1. wardah says:

        You’re welcome!

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  24. The only thing I could say is “WOW”. Sometimes, I also think about this, what if we are sleeping after all and we are no just waking up. Keep it up! 😁

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much. This means a lot. I’m so glad the poem resonated with you. Thank you.

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      1. In my POV, it’s kinda sad in reality but who knows, the message of the poem is real. Though, it’s some sort of sci-fi 😂. Your welcome. 😁

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      2. Shanyu says:

        Yeah. Maybe just maybe. I couldn’t agree. I happened to have watched Inception and also read a dream within a dream, so was truly inspired. Who knows? Let’s live this dream until then.

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  25. Indeed. No matter how uncertain this reality could be, let’s keep going for the sake of what is certain. Take and grasp them. Love it!

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Exactly. Cheers 🥂

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  26. Deeter says:

    It’s a dream within a seam.
    Or a hitch within a stitch?
    Or possibly the intersection of two threads
    Sewn in the blanket of all time.

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  27. Veena says:

    Your compositions are beautiful and have an instant connect

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much my friend. Have a fantastic week.

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  28. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    GOOD STUFF!

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much friend. I’m glad you liked it.

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  29. I love the Universe of Edgar Allan POE !

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Then you’ve come to just the right place ☺️

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  30. gabychops says:

    Wonderful poem, echoing Plato’s theory about an illusion of a view of the world from the inside of the cave. It is great to know that you keep your word. Please check my blog on Saturday as it is about genius.
    Joanna

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Well yes, that’s a way of reading it. I’m glad you like it. Thank you.
      Yes, I’ll be there as soon as I’ll be able to.

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  31. gabychops says:

    Thank you. Are you sure that you are only 14/15 years old/young?

    Joanna

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Well yes Joanna. 15 the next week.

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much Anna!

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  32. I see the dream weaving an adorable dream to succeed in defining its own existence…..the contrasting senses cohabit in it to let the life own up what it has so long reigned crownlessly…..
    Your words are magical….the rhythm is lyrical….and it shines with intellectual honesty…
    It brings me to see myself facing my chained dreams, still expecting a liberation….trusting so passionately….am I a dreamer or a dream chaser….life shall slowly script it now, I know
    Thanks for inspiring my expressions….
    Regards

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Hi Saibal.
      Your comment has left me stunned. It is so kind and evocative. I’m so so grateful for these words of immense encouragement and pure honesty. Nothing brings a wider smile to the face of a writer than comments like yours.
      I’m actually even glad how right you’ve gotten the meaning of this poem. The contradictions eventually work themselves out, but maybe it is a dream within a dream.
      No thank you is ever enough for these words, but I guess, it’s the least I can do. So thank you friend and have a wonderful day.
      Warm regards,
      Shanyu.

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  33. Woody says:

    Succinct and hot with burning description.
    Mate …… I wish I had half of your poetic talent.
    Woody.

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much Woody.
      That’s so kind of you to say, but you’ve got so much talent yourself. Here’s to writing.

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  34. vidhi says:

    Lovely…u have written so well…I’m also a great fan of poetry and I do too write them…u have written a wonderful piece and title too suits very well☺️💜

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  35. Aushana says:

    Out of this world!

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  36. A lovely dreamlike quality to this one, Shanyu. I like the way it spun from Edgar Allen Poe’s quote.

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much D. The Edgar Allan Poe couplet really got me thinking the other day if everything around us is just twisted reality, or if it’s reality at all? Maybe we’re just dreams, maybe.
      Thank you for the visit. Peace.

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