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Can you ever hear a silent thought, a desire?
Or sometimes, a trickling tear?
Can you ever hear the words of a song
Even before the singing begins
Or have a dream in any night
Even before your head in sleep you lay?

Can you ever see worlds and worlds of emptiness?
And there, you are with yourself, happy and gay?
Can you ever see the sun on a bleaky day
When all is dark and shut away,
Or feel its heat in the coldest winter
Though you be sure it’s not miles, but days or months away?

Can you ever see the waters of a river, clear and plain,
Or even let it wet your feet,
Though its bed be dry from a battering drought?
Can you ever find a calm in the greatest storm of day,
life or way,
Or sit and smile with your foes,
From dawn ‘til dusk of any day?

Can you find your way with but just a streak of light,
On the darkest of all darkened nights
Or find a hope somewhere, floating in the air,
When all is lost except your tears and fears that never go away?
I can!

About this poem

This poem is about the dreams and mysteries that inhabit the mind of man and torment his nature as man, a mortal being.

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Written on September 12, 2000

Submitted by jaime_h on December 02, 2021

Modified on March 05, 2023

1:06 min read

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Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 1,027
Words 220
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 7, 6, 7, 5

Jaime Herrera Faria

I am a lawyer here in colombia. I am also a researcher in law. I have an LL.M and I write legal textbooks in family and criminal law.I have published several books of poetry in spanish but none in english even though I have severalwritten in english. Right now, I would like a publishing company to publish my books. more…

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