“Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.” ~Pope John XXIII

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt

“Dreams are the seedlings of reality.” ~Napolean Hill

“I have spread my dreams under your feet; tread softly, because you tread on my dreams.” ~William Butler Yeats

The following poem is inspired by the eternal optimism–the faith and hope–that is contagiously exhibited by my best friend, Jeremy, whose birthday is today. May you enjoy your special day with God smiling down on you and that great faith!

like a phantom feather to begging skin it tickles,
as the eyes shut and sounds are silenced to ear,
senility of the subconscious vacates sensibilities,
for emotions and desires now pray for solid form,

not built upon foundations of current situations, nor predicated by expectations,
the anxieties that accompany “what if” are replaced with faith in “why not,”
as possibilities are satiated in this simulacrum of life,
no barricades to keep companion souls from another,

and hearts hide not what affections persist through reality’s pain,
the truths that lie dormant behind veils of past struggle gain voice,
a dream is not but a dream when pursued in earnest,
the difference in its existence is all but a choice,

of which such realization moves dreams to daylight,
and arise from evening’s rest along with the dreamer,
transforming reality with each onward moment,
with faith and hope guiding that morn into future…

for both bring courage for tomorrow,
a tomorrow where dreams are not but dreams,

but rather, reality.

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