What Lives In Your Heart

What Lives in Your Heart, Is Always on Your Mind

I awoke this morning
From a dream about you.
I was repairing a section of wall
That had separated from the floor.
Now ungrounded, it wiggled uncooperatively.

You sat in front of me,
Chatting as I worked.
I turned my gaze to the pinpoints of light,
Reflecting like shiny crystals off the surfaces
Of each of your dark brown eyes.

In the background, I could hear
A faint chorus of a familiar song,
Which once played while you were near.
Even in my dream, the idea of being near you
Caused my spirit to rise above the pain.

In spite of how my heart ached,
I endured the moment gladly somehow.
I seemed to know that the pain would not last—
As if, at any moment, a joyous cloudburst
Might penetrate the roof and descend upon me.

Each dream world breath began and ended
With some memory of our time together,
Inspiring hope—feeding the pulse of life in my heart.
You abide within me at all times,
But it’s moments like these that make me come alive.

Your gentle breathing was all that was needed
To give voice to the expression on your face;
I whispered under my breath,
“What lives in your heart,
Is always on your mind.”

© May 1997 by JJHIII24

3 thoughts on “What Lives In Your Heart

    1. Our dreams are, for me, clearly connected to and a vitally important part of our inner lives, and sometimes they can be so powerful and so vivid, that they inspire poetry. I started writing poems seriously in high school, but didn’t produce much of note until I reached the university level in my education, where all sorts of amazing doors were finally opened to me, and life expanded exponentially. Once I broke free of the limitations imposed by my restrictive upbringing when I left to join the military and traveled overseas, the flood gates seemed to open up, and I began to discover the deeper connection of my heart and mind to my human spirit. I very much appreciate your interest in my poem.

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