What are dreams?

Dreams are chrysalises.

What are you now,

enclosed in that hard protective case?

Oh, little pupa, are you safe?

Do you long to escape,

stretch you wet, crumpled wings

and fly?                


Dreams might look dead.


dreams released

are new creatures

longing to soar.    


What are dreams?

Dreams are jack pine seeds.

What are you now,

resin-glued in that hard, thick cone?

Oh, little seed, are you safe?

Do you long to escape

   in the forest fire blaze

and sprout?                


Dreams might look imprisoned.


dreams freed

are giant trees

yearning to grow.                                                                                                           


About bjdonaldson

I think of myself as a Renaissance woman with a variety of passions. If you visited me, you might find me hanging out with my husband and children. Our Golden Retriever would be lovingly near. I am a Literacy Coach/Reading Specialist at an elementary school where I provide professional development and coaching to teachers. Formerly, I was a Reading Recovery teacher, an interventionist, and a middle and elementary classroom teacher. Getting up in the morning is not hard; I still love making a difference in the lives of children and teachers.

3 responses »

  1. This is just beautiful! It reminds me of Langston Hughes’ “Dream Deferred”! I loved the precise language you used and the creative use of space on the page. What a gem you’ve shared with us! Gorgeous and meaningful!

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