Memories of Dreams

Memories of Dreams

‘Memories of Dreams’ cover for the album of the same name. © Pete Hillman 2008.


When we dream, do we then form memories of these dreams?  I think we do. And sometimes it can be difficult to distinguish one from the other.

A dream, a memory.

A dream of a memory, or a memory of a dream …


Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow:
You are not wrong who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand–
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep–while I weep!
O God! can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?

‘A Dream Within A Dream’ by Edgar Allan Poe, published 1849.

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