On Realizing You Gave Up That Dream Long Ago

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic

Featured Review on this writing by Queenie Maud

A poem about recognizing the dream's we give up as we age.

On Realizing You Gave Up That Dream Long Ago


There would have been more struggle

were this some Hollywood story,

some conflict between a life that could have been

and the life that is

played out in musical numbers

and technicolor dramady.


“But I love this instrument,”

a protagonist would shout,

“It’s everything to me!”

“There’s no money to be made in that,”

would say the villain

“get your head out of the clouds and face reality!”


Perhaps a female lead

might sway the choice,

offer a third option,

a compromise

with a side of love

for audience engagement.


There would be an end

at the end,


for the closing of a door

that was never open.


The truth is

I once thought I loved the saxophone

but only dabbled in it, 

the way a high schooler dabbles in many things

thinking it will shape all their life.


Apathy has silenced that instrument now.


It is only fitting this should be a lackluster poem to acknowledge the loss.



Submitted: April 23, 2020

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H W Lustre

The difference between dream and reality, nice work.

Thu, April 23rd, 2020 3:57pm


Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Thu, April 23rd, 2020 9:52am

Queenie Maud

The rhythm and flow of the poem really reach and then nail this final line. Really enjoyable piece! Thank you for sharing.

Thu, April 23rd, 2020 4:39pm


It's humbling to hear such an interpretation of my poem, thank you for reading!

Thu, April 23rd, 2020 9:53am


Not at all lackluster. I loved all the characters you gave parts to - the hero, the villain, the female lead. I think the villain could well be fate, always turning up to shatter dreams with reality.
Very nice work.

Fri, April 24th, 2020 6:32pm


I'm glad you enjoy this one more than I do! And definitely have a deeper interpretation than I!

Fri, April 24th, 2020 12:30pm

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