Poem – Last Night I Had a Dream

Poem – Last Night I Had a Dream October 7, 2020

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Last night I had a dream

That happened in the future

We were talking about the past

And some features of our culture


We found it hard to fathom

How we used to be so racist

For 400 years we nurtured

The system without a basis.


We also could not understand

Why we ever needed religion

It’s okay to seek to understand

But somehow it became a mission


We wondered why we labored

In fear, control and certainty

When we could have spent our time

With nuance, paradox and mystery


Last night I had a dream

That we all were doing better

We didn’t know all the words

But we knew some of the letters


It seemed so strange to focus

On money, container and pride

When authenticity and presence

Would have been a better ride.


We didn’t know for certain

All the things that we should do

But we knew what didn’t work

And tried some things anew.


We were happy just to step

And try our best to love

We didn’t try to recreate

We endeavored to evolve.


Last night I had dream

Where we all were looking back

Not everything was perfect

But we were starting to get the knack.

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