Dream Poems

Dream Poems

Poems about Daring to Dream

There are two kinds of dreams. There are dreams that we have while asleep and dreams that we have while we are awake. What is the connection between the two types? Both kinds of dreams are about the yearnings that are held deep inside us. Some of these desires are so secret that we dare not share them even with our closest friends. Those of us that dare to put our dreams down on paper are showing the courage and faith that they will come true.

33 Poems about Dreams

  1. 1. Dreams

    Langston Hughes was an American poet who became famous for his work during the Harlem Renaissance. He was the first African American to support himself as a writer. In this poem, Langston Hughes shares the importance of having dreams. Without dreams, our lives do not feel complete. We do not have anything to work toward, so holding onto the dreams strengthens and empowers us. In this short poem, he pulls the reader’s attention to this theme by using the repetition of the phrase, “Hold fast to dreams.” Dreams is written in Quatrains (4 line stanzas) and follows the ABCB rhyme scheme.

    Hold fast to dreams
    For if dreams die
    Life is a broken-winged bird
    That cannot fly.

    Hold fast to dreams
    For when dreams go
    Life is a barren field
    Frozen with snow.

    Dreams By Langston Hughes

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  3. 2. A Dream Within A Dream

    Poe is describing feelings of desperation and sadness at the passing of time, and comparing it to a dream. He wishes he could hold on to just a moment of his life. He questions if anything in life is real or is it all "but a dream within a dream?"

    "A Dream Within a Dream" by Edgar Allan Poe was first published in 1849.

    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?

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  5. 3. Hope In A Dream

    • By Adalia Medina
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems April 2019

    Hi. My poem is about a certain attitude or mindset you should have while going after your dreams.

    Acrostic Poem About Achieving Your Dreams

    Hold onto your dream while mindful of time.
    Optimism required, let your light shine.
    Persistence prevails, while some may cast doubt.
    Expectation desired is what it's about.

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  6. 4. Dreams

    This poem was written for my son as he graduated from college and ventured out into the working world. I am so proud of him. He worked hard to get where he's at.

    Graduation Message For Son

    You're the driver of your destiny,
    Passenger of none,
    In control and looking forward
    Of things that must be done.

    You're the captain of your ship,
    Destination unknown,
    Plans to help you get there
    And freedom to bring you home.

    You're the pilot of your airplane;
    Fly as high as you can.
    Life is what you make it,
    So follow your plan.

    Hopes and dreams not yet reached,
    Motivation on display.
    A journey full of ups and downs,
    Experience gained each day.

    Direction is always forward;
    Backwards remains the same.
    Discover your authentic self,
    And have a willingness to change.

    Enhance each quality given.
    Develop talents you were blessed.
    Transform your heart into one of gold,
    And believe in more than yourself.

    Mistakes are made; we move on.
    We get back on our feet.
    I'm here to support you always
    Should you ever need me.

    For every start there is a finish.
    For every beginning there is an end.
    Hold onto your accomplishments,
    And even tighter to your friends.

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  7. 5. My Dream

    These are the dreams I always had. Every time I went to sleep. I was fascinated by them. They were so soothing dreams. Felt as if I rule the world in my dreams

    I dream of a church on a beach,
    Where all go to preach
    I think of that beautiful beach,
    Which I know is beyond my reach

    I dream of a nation
    Without any dissension
    Where peace and prosperity rules
    Over the ocean blues

    I dream of taking a risk
    Of touching the blazing asterisk
    Although it is only a dream
    I wish to travel the realm

    I have a dream
    To eat an icy cream
    Which is far more luscious that any treat
    In this human world of greed

    I dream that I'm Megaman
    Soaring the skies like Superman
    Yet as sharp as Batman
    Mixed with the humor of Spiderman

    I know my delusion
    Is nothing but a mere illusion
    Yet to realize them I'll try my best
    And on God I leave the rest

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  8. 6. Harlem

    We all dream of what we want to experience in life, but what happens when those dreams are put on hold or ignored? That’s what Langston Hughes attempts to answer in this poem. None of the possibilities are positive, making the reader realize the importance of pursuing dreams. Langston Hughes was a key contributor during the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s. He wrote many poems about what life was like for African Americans.

    What happens to a dream deferred?

    Does it dry up
    like a raisin in the sun?
    Or fester like a sore—
    And then run?
    Does it stink like rotten meat?
    Or crust and sugar over—
    like a syrupy sweet?

    Maybe it just sags
    like a heavy load.

    Or does it explode?

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  9. 7. Dreambeast

    • By Mark Bird
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems September 17, 2021

    If you have a dream
    that won’t go away
    that gnaws at your toes
    with each waking day.

    That sings beneath notes
    and swirls between stars.
    From lines in great books
    it thrashes and gnarls.

    From cinema screens
    it leaps along light
    and twists your insides
    and stalks you at night.

    Then give it attention.
    Tame that wild dream.
    It’s there for a reason
    yet to be seen.

    A beast of the future
    only you own.
    Don't let it escape
    into the unknown.

    Train it with care
    and boost its esteem.
    Spotlight it brightly
    so it can be seen.

    Or dreams can turn nasty
    tire and groan.
    Diminishing creatures
    if left all alone.

    The beast never dies
    just shrinks and goes cold.
    A lone, solemn dream
    growing weary and old.

    So feed it with strength
    Believe that it’s real
    Nurture with love
    And trust how it feels

    Fight the dream-bruisers
    wish-batterers too
    and splatterers of hope
    who'll be waiting for you.

    Feel the roar rumble.
    Hear every shout.
    It’s your beast of a dream
    just dying to get out.

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  10. 8. A Bed Of Clouds

    • By Ashley L. May
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2006

    A poem about the conflict between life and dreams

    Life And Dreams

    I sleep in the clouds, dream in the sky.
    I'll keep dreaming as life passes me by.
    I think my dreams keep me sane.
    I dream of happiness, a life without pain.
    Some people say I'm stuck in this place
    and I'll never go anywhere,
    but in my dreams I've already been there.
    I know someday I'll have to wake up,
    but I feel the real world is more like a nightmare.
    I'm safe in my closed-eye wonderland.
    This poem goes to all the dreamers that understand.
    No matter what they say...
    keep your dreams, but don't dream your life away.

    Life And Dreams, A Bed Of Clouds

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  11. 9. Do Dare To Dream

    I wrote this for kids to inspire them to follow their dreams wholeheartedly.

    Pursue Your Goals

    Do dare to dream your desired dream
    No matter how impossible it may seem

    Do not get deterred by what others say
    Stay focused and you will find your way

    But remember the road will not be easy, it's an uphill task
    So be honest to yourself, and you need to sincerely ask:

    Do you have it in you to do everything that it takes?
    Like rising after each fall and learning from the mistakes

    Do you have the patience when the road seems much too long?
    Needless to say, you need to remain resolved and be strong

    Do you have the courage to continue and endure?
    When the outcome is unknown, nothing is for sure

    Do you have the tenacity to carry on till the end?
    For on that much of your success will depend.

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  12. 10. Only A Dream

    Our world can be harsh and cruel at times with all its trials and tribulations. I often dream of a better world; this is my interpretation.

    Dreaming Of A Better World

    I'm living in my own little world.
    I'm happy there, it's okay.
    It's much more fun than the real one,
    For the sun shines every day.

    It's a world with no hate or sorrow.
    In my world there is no pain.
    There's no rich, no poor, no kings or queens.
    In my world only our Lord reigns.

    It's a world of many colours,
    A world where everyone's free.
    It's a world of love and harmony,
    A world of compassion and tranquility.

    I know my world's not the real one.
    It's only my world of make-believe.
    But it's a world I often visit,
    If it's only in my dreams.

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  13. 11. Dreams

    • By Jane A Beresford
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems April 2017

    The story behind my poem "Dreams" was to coin a phrase dreamed up out of desperation when I was suffering from insomnia, sad but true. I was lying there one night in the still of the night with my husband in bed snoring and I started just nodding away. Finally I nodded off, and when I woke my husband had gone off to work, and I wrote the following poem.

    The Power Of Sleep And Dreams

    We slip beneath the pillow's spell
    And drift from heaven and into hell
    To lose control of conscious mind
    The secrets of our soul to find.

    A timeless journey fills our being.
    The blind man now becomes all-seeing.
    The lonely now becomes the lover.
    The childless wife a loving mother.

    Reflection of our dormant fears
    Once woken may reduce to tears.
    With sleep the master free to prey
    On untold thought which nightly stray.

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  14. 12. A Road Of Courage Toward The Dream

    • By Shivani Khurana
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems April 2020

    This poem signifies the courage that a person requires to achieve his/her goals. It will tell about the feelings and emotions that I felt while struggling to achieve my goals. It will signify my journey from having an idea or dream, what challenges I faced, and how I overcame.

    Self-Motivation And Courage

    She wanted to fly up in the sky.
    With big dreams in her eyes and passion in her mind...

    She never looked back; she never looked down.
    She kept on walking, even on a rocky ground.

    She felt broken and almost gave up midway,
    But it was her courage that supported her night and day.

    She wanted to share her emotions and feelings
    That were making her weak with problem dealings.

    She tried to express in thousand ways she found,
    But thought it easy to just shup up and lie down.

    She never knew those hurdles were making her strong.
    She just thought her decision went wrong.

    But she continued to take her baby steps...
    Toward the dreams she once felt.

    With passion in her mind and courage in her heart,
    She was again ready to build her own dream art...

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  15. 13. Dreams

    I have struggled in life. I was the most negative person I knew. I've turned my life around completely. I believe we should all follow our dreams and not give up, no matter how impossible we think it is.

    Poem Encouraging You To Keep Dreaming

    The smallest, most simple dream
    Is worth being achieved.
    The smallest grain of faith
    Is actually all it takes.

    Having one person who believes in you
    Is a major help, too.
    Never give up on any of your dreams.
    With faith, love, and support, you can do anything.

    If you have to stand alone,
    Your dreams will still be your own.
    If someone shares a dream with you,
    Work with them so it will come true.

    Do not let anything stand in your way;
    Do not worry about what pessimists say.
    Your dreams can come true someday;
    You know exactly what it takes.

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  16. 14. A Place Like This

    • By Milo Shumpert
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems July 2007

    A place to be me.

    Day Dreaming

    It is an early morning
    I need an island in the sea,
    Away from you away from me,
    Beyond the waves beyond the wind,
    Beyond the world that we live in,
    Under skies of shining stars,
    Away from lights and noisy cars,
    Above the egos and the stress,
    Beyond the world we made a mess.
    A place for me a place for you,
    An earth that's green a sky that's blue,
    A place for you a place for me,
    An open sky and light blue sea,
    With dreams as solid as the ground,
    A place like this I think I've found.
    A happy thought no one can take it,
    A place like this is where we make it.
    I need a mountain in the sky,
    Just beneath where angels fly,
    Where snowflakes falling on the ground,
    Is the most disruptive sound,
    Above the waves above the wind,
    Above the world that we live in,
    Above my life above the stress,
    Where I can lay it all to rest,
    Under skies of falling snow,
    Just above the world below,
    Just above the trees and birds,
    A place I can't describe in words.
    An empty place that's so appealing,
    How'd I get this stupid feeling?
    Bad ideas come and go,
    But none as potent as the snow,
    I need no island in the sea,
    Just the things that make me me.
    I need no mountain in the sky,
    Just to laugh try not to cry,
    Forget these far off fantasies,
    And manifest as realities,
    Reach out and grab it in good time,
    Seize the moment make it mine,
    Catch the moment make it last.
    Just be grateful when it's past.
    Sensations as real as the wind,
    Try not to be sad when it ends.
    A happy thought no one can take it,
    A time like this is when we make it.
    I need an island in the sea,
    And all of that which makes me me.

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  17. 15. Wishful Thinking

    • By Bodie James
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems December 2016

    I wrote this one night while watching the chaos around the world with roots so deep I couldn't even begin to imagine a solution. I felt angry with people and their intolerance. I actually thought for a moment, if they could just live like I do....and it hit me. I'm not a saint, nor a prophet, not anymore than the next guy. The words came to me as if I was simply the person charged with the task of getting them all down. I hope they make someone think...they made me think.

    Wanting The World To Be A Better Place

    I wish for the day when a man is a man,
    when the flaws of another aren't gold in his hand.

    When the bread in his kitchen is ample for meals,
    any extra is given without contracts or deals.

    When the waste of a nation is a feast for the swine,
    when compassion and honor are traits of mankind.

    When we know we are human from the sadness we bare
    when a life is extinguished anytime...anywhere.

    When we prosper as brothers without culture or creed,
    without hate or dissension, without anger and greed.

    I wish for the moment when humanity wins,
    when people aren't strangers but equals and friends.

    When we break from a history of fear and regret,
    and we stop looking back and start looking ahead.

    When a lie is a weapon, when truth is a shield,
    and knowledge a blade we can sharpen and wield.

    When we vow to remember and dare to forget,
    when we follow our path without judgement and threat.

    I wish for the day we all read this and knew,
    the reader's to blame, it can never come true...

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  18. 16. Dreaming On Paper

    • By Rebecca
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems March 2009

    I was reading some poetry online, and I saw a poem that a disabled boy wrote. It inspired me to write this because many people think that disabled people cannot think or write as well as people without disabilities, which is not true at all.

    I don't talk.
    My lips part and air pushes out,
    but the sound must not fit,
    because my thoughts are so big.

    So I don't try to talk.
    My thoughts must be too good for
    words, for the air, for my lips.

    But they are just right for paper.
    My thoughts flow on paper.
    They are just big enough.

    So I don't talk;
    I compose,
    I write,
    I dream.

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  19. 17. Dreams

    Dreams have the power to release imagination. I dream of the day all the world will be at peace.

    Poem About The Magic Of Dreams

    There's a place where I go that no one else knows,
    Where mysteries abound and excitement grows.
    A place out of reach of any man's hands,
    Safely secluded in a far away land
    Beyond the grasp of those who may plunder
    The wealth of its power and its life changing wonder.
    I go alone to my secret place, never leaving a trace
    For someone to follow and discover my space
    Where I keep my secrets, my fears, and my regrets
    Away from the world and all of its threats.
    It's mine and mine alone!
    The only place I can call my own.
    I treasure the moments spent in this realm
    Where anything is possible and I'm at the helm.
    This place I describe is all that it seems ...
    It's a magical place I call my dreams.

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  20. 18. Ghosts And Shadows

    I often take a stroll down memory lane. It's only a dream, but the feelings remain.

    Visiting Old Memories

    I often lie awake at night
    While the world is fast asleep
    And take a stroll down memory lane
    Where ghosts and shadows meet.

    I see you in the distance,
    I hear you call my name.
    And for one moment time stands still
    As I hold you once again.

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  21. 19. Ranch Of Memories

    • By Atusa S. Hangafarin
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2006

    This poem is about remembering a favorite childhood place. Grandpa's ranch is a place a girl fondly remembers as her favorite place in the world. Her soul can roam free in the natural world.

    What Places Do You Remember Fondly From Childhood?

    My feet pressed against the dusty roads.
    The cool breeze skimmed my face.
    The air's fragrance, a mixture of fruit and flowers, traveled through my nose.
    Down the slopes I would race,
    My hair spreading all around me.
    The dogs raced down too.
    This fantasy became reality,
    A dream come true.
    Some people may just call it a walk or a hike,
    But it is independence for me.
    Some people prefer to take a bike, but I let my soul fly free
    On my grandpa's ranch.
    Across the trees,
    Across the flower patch,
    Through the breeze.
    This is the place I love to go.
    This is the place my soul flies free.
    So many memories I cherish it holds.
    This is where I get to see my family.
    My grandpa's ranch, my favorite place in the world.

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  22. 20. Crystal Stairs

    where do the steps that we take lead us?

    Journey In Our Life

    Crystal stairs, "Where will you lead,
    offering steps in our time of need...
    a luminous path from here it seems,
    a crystal spiral of lucid dreams?"

    Unlike crystallized memories destined never to grow;
    you call us toward a future beyond what we know.
    Like footsteps heard faintly in ones ear.
    A journey of remembering held so dear.

    Beyond imagination in a forgotten land,
    crystal climbers reach out with a loving hand.
    Lifting our hearts like magic it seems,
    this staircase of crystal truly is made of dreams.

    Copyright 2008 David Hoffmann

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