Beware the Dreams of Other Men – A Poem

Beware the dreams of other men, the hopes of those not shared;
Hark not to visions of one’s past ‘rise up from those who dared;
Look only now within thyself, and not to search beyond;
Seek out the truth that knows you well and to his call respond.

“He has great wealth” you hear men say, you oft hear them decry;
“T’were I but half as gilded me, how far but I would fly!
That gleaming element you seek, if wings of yours enclose;
A’drug along the earth you’d be, in tortured sad repose.

He sings so fair, he dances true, he glides across the wood;
Happiness I’d sure to find if skills mine were that good;
Yet fates you must not once forget of those who can finesse;
The moments of their merriment does life but oft compress.

But what of men whose polished words are honey from the comb;
The succulent of all the fruits sprung from such fields of loam;
Those men, they fade, and none recall their worlds of flowers fair;
Yet forced to acquiesce to beats what garish both and spare.

Our terror of existence is to live our lives unspoken;
To watch the things we try to build end all in piles a’broken;
Till we recall that mirrors fair are oft to do us wrong;
The men we liken to ourselves, tis they who don’t belong.

About Joel D. Hirst

Joel D. Hirst is a novelist and a playwright. His most recently released work is "Dreams of the Defeated: A Play in Two Acts" about a political prisoner in a dystopian regime. His novels include "I, Charles, From the Camps" about the life of a young man in the African camps and "Lords of Misrule" about the making and unmaking of a jihadist in the Sahara. "The Lieutenant of San Porfirio" and its sequel "The Burning of San Porfirio" are about the rise and fall of socialist Venezuela (with magic).
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