Friday, January 23, 2009

"A summer's dream"

A Summer's Dream. A poem by Marcus Garvey which he wrote on the 24 February, 1927.

A poem so dear to me because it tells of the fear of loosing. Still, a sweet, old love poem.

"As I lay asleep at midnight,
A thought came stealing over me:
A shadow of a great disaster,
The passing of my Love at sea.

I heard the chimes of Angelus,
It sounded sad but ringing clear;
I had a glimpse of dear heaven,
For my Love was a-going there.

The ship was lost in the ocean,
As the storm had raged and past;
Every soul was clothed in sadness,
But my Love was firm to the last.

I stretched my arms out to rescue,
But my Love was already gone:
A burning light stopped my vision,
It was like shining glare at morn.

There were Angels in the Heavens,
And sunny flowers strewn around;
The singing of Royal Cherubs
Had a pleasing Heavenly sound.

I can almost see how clearly,
There is a passage made above;
The angels are a-welcoming
The spirit of my dearest Love.

I am left with my dreams, alone,
In a cold world of sin and care,
For my Love is gone forever,
With happy Angels, bliss to share.

I tried to enter into Heaven,
But the gates were closed to me;
The Guardian of my destiny
Had not then set my spirit free.

I struggled still with the vision,
For it was a-torturing me;
My Love was taken to Heaven,
And the sweet face I could not see.

At last I came to my senses,
I found it was a summer's dream;
My Love was still right beside me,
A creature perfect as could seem."


Yoli said...

A lovely poem. Reminds me in an odd way of what happened to me this weekend. I heard that a lady in housekeeping at the hospital I work at had passed away. See I had left that job about a year and a half ago and just recently returned. Her passing had made me so sad because seeing her always made my day. Well, I was going to the cafeteria and I see her! It was like seeing a ghost, I was stunned. What had happened was that another lady who shares her nickname and who also worked at the hospital had died. I was so thrilled to find that it was all a mistake and she was alive.

Ebony Intuition said...

I really like this poem.

Mama Shujaa said...

Dear Ras Love Princess,

Thanks for sharing this romantic work of a master orator and visionary, a lovely poem.

Mama Shujaa.

Maithri said...

Sister Carina,

Thank you for sharing this beautiful poem with us my friend...

Forgive me for not dropping by as often as I should dear sister...

Know that you are in my heart,


"Donde fluye la informacion" said...

ohh a poem of Marcus Garvey, great!

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