A Dream Within 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?

by Edgar Allan Poe

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Although I think you poem is grand, there is still a diturbance here. If someone kills themselves over the whims of someone else, then that person is disturbed. This poetry forum is a prime example. If every poet on poetryhunter commited suicide over every comment that was bad, none of us would be here to write another day! I may be carrying it too far- I don't know. But as far as a poem, you have written an excellent one! A 10.