Funny dream


How did you know I was reaching for clouds?

How did you guess I was swirling in a vortex

How did you fathom I was begging for hands

to blast sunbeams through eyes of god.

While my ink went downward-torrenting

you sent a seabird’s keening prayer;

an upward bend in every note

finding hope I’d lost somewhere.

Aloft I climbed on a raft of kelp,

then clung to a whale’s green halo;

as the prayed-for angel’s fins

brought me to seas more shallow.

The light played in the oyster waves,

the evening beach a-washing;

and soft I landed, cold skin kissed

by warm rays you’d been tossing.

A gift from far, a wished-upon star

A poem as light for the heart,

I wish I may, I wish I might

Thank you for your kind art.




Edit 2020-03-11 08:??: Process notes: This poem riffed off a post called “I Hope,” by amazing WP artist/poet Francisco Bravo Cabrera. Find that beautiful poem here: – however, that is not the only influence. It’s an ode to the various beautiful and inspiring posts and interactions I’d recently read and experienced on WordPress. If I “liked” or commented *with* you (not just “at” you) in the past couple of days, you are likely the subject of this poem. :))

Just before publishing this, I was writing some private turbulent things, all the while yearning for the “pink cloud” state of early sustained sobriety – a state of mind where one feels high on life. All the while knowing that in order to achieve that, my next phase will eventually be sustained digital sobriety. In the meantime, I mostly try to remain accountable for my online actions. If I see it and read it, I usually “like” it in situ. (i.e. I aim to not lurk nor strategize, nor hide, to imply I’m offline when I’m in fact “on.”)

Image: artist unnamed; via

Nadine inhales & exhales words & images from current vantage point in Auvergne, France. Thank you for reading. ❀︎

36 thoughts on “Funny dream

    1. Thanks so much Vanessa. I know, isn’t that image amazing? I found it via DuckDuckGo, after writing the poem, with this keyword search: “sunkiss ocean whale art.” Could not believe how fitting it was, though I had not actually imagined the whale in the sky. It’s only missing its green halo. :))

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  1. This is so beautiful Nadine, I love the ocean metaphor and the theme of hope and lightness. I love these lines:

    β€œWhile my ink went downward-torrenting
    you sent a seabird’s keening prayer;
    an upward bend in every note
    finding hope I’d lost somewhere”

    That feeling, when it feels a hand has been extended. You give that to me all the time.


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    1. β€οΈπŸ’—πŸ’™ how is it you so often seem to reach me when I’m cooking, Rachel? πŸ§…πŸ˜­πŸ₯° You are veggie stew for my soul, dear friend. πŸ’šπŸ™

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        1. Haha I love it. Yes cooking in the morning – it’s phenomenal to me too now that I think about it. No where near every day (most days it’s salad/sandwiches for lunch at our place), but mayhaps I become more and more Frenchified as the years go on. Lunch is normally the main meal here.

          Thank you my dear it was meant as a great compliment indeed. 🐻🌈😍

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  2. Beautiful Nadine. You have truly painted lovely pictures with your words. The images you have created soar through you as if you were travelling through your poem. I loved it, and thank you for the mention, πŸ™‚ All the best to you and my greetings from Spain

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    1. Ah thanks Francesc. It was fun to create. You have a way with words – travelling through poetry – I love it! Thanks for your kind comment and your wonderful artwork and poetry. Peace and greetings from France. 😊✌️

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    1. Awww. You are such a good friend. Thank you for doing that. xoxo
      About length of time, some poems, like the ones I was tossing out on my poetry-only blog, take very little time, like 5-10 minutes. This one got a bit more painstaking after I searched for then found an image, and started changing a word here and there to fit it. The whole post took about… eek, 1 hour. 😬I need to wean myself. It’s getting bad. I start to care too much what others think and I lose the flow. But I really am grateful for the comments. That makes it much more fun and worthwhile. 😊

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    1. Charlie, this comment is poetry itself. You have such a knack with phrases, both cut up and otherwise, and I feel so grateful that you honour me with some of them here. Thank you ever so much, amazing poet friend. πŸ˜ŠπŸŒ·πŸ’“

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    1. Thank you Nina for your lovely words… πŸ’•This one was a daydream, I actually first called it “The Surprise” but changed the title after, inspired by the image. I always get irritated with myself if/when I do that… But I always love your loveliness. πŸ˜˜πŸ˜‡πŸ™

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