Posted by Ben Naga
I dreamt I could tell
My tale and be understood
But then I awoke
Posted on October 2, 2017, in Senryu and tagged Dream, Life, Relationship, Relationships, Understanding, Wish. Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.
I love this. It is at once so clear and yet it has so many interpretations/implications.
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Do be my guest by all means. 🙂
I don’t think most poems can be defined exactly and I was vague out of respect, but at a push some of my interpretations could be:
1) that reality is only a product of our brains and ‘waking’ is the realization of this
2) that the dream is the belief that others ever understand us
3) that the last line is an ironic last line for a poem in that it refers to the failure of words in this as in every other poem to quite express what it wants to say.
But I doubt if these or any other interpretations would strike a chord with you – nor should they.
Or perhaps they all do. 🙂 Thank you for taking the time to reflect upon my words and delve. It is acknowledged and appreciated.
Relating with this! It’d be a dream come true to have someone truly understand “my tale”, my story.
And then I like all of Ownshadow’s interpretations too.
Yes, he read it well. 🙂 I wrote this a while back and forgotten about it. When I found it again it hit me afresh.
Sometimes a poem needs to hibernate until the right time for awakening and ripening. I’m glad you discovered this one resting in your archives. 🙂
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This resonates with me, Ben. Lovely, yet painful, too.
“Lovely, yet painful, too.” Fill in the blank of your choice. 🙂
Was that you?? 🙋
Or someone pretending to be me perhaps.
Next time I’ll wave, just in case.
You might even find a new friend doing that too. 🙂
Ships passing port side
in the night
reach out, shake hands
by starlight. 😊
It seems you are just as romantic as Betty A,
and when we awake who, or what, are we?
Beyond the ken of words and wordsters I’m afraid.
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“You should stop words and letters, and learn to withdraw and reflect on yourself. When you do so, your body and mind will naturally fall away, and your original Buddha nature will appear.” – Dogen.