Contaminated Dreams

By RW

I dream about love, peace and happiness in the same sequence as the devil capturing me, taking my soul before turning 19 years old.

Each morning I awake feeling uncomfortable, my heart being cold.

Dreams are contaminated thoughts, empirical surreal nightmares that your mind bought.

I dream about the power of real love, the kind you will never lose or give up.

Happiness is forever rewarded to those who are optimistic, having mind control over contaminated dreams.

Peace is in the sky everytime I look up over the pacific ocean. Your mind, reminiscent in motion through the blue and white clouds. I always dream about the moment of making my mom proud and smile one day.

I dream about walking out of this place; my family, I will embrace outside these prison gates, surrounded with heartfelt warm love shattering this hold the devil has on me. Recapturing my soul. I dream about love, peace and happiness in the same sequence. Something beautiful will make up for this unrealistic experience.

19 Comments

  1. Mia on March 27, 2024 at 5:03 PM

    Your poem is moving and I hear your power and the beauty of your dreams for the future. I hope you keep writing and I envision you living the life you’ve always dreamed of and deserve, amongst your family and all the people you love. Keep writing and never forget to hold on to hope for life has many chapters.

  2. Hannah on March 27, 2024 at 8:08 PM

    Hi RW,

    This poem is beautiful and extremely well-written. I especially love the line “peace is in the sky…”; it is very telling. Your poem is touching, emotional, and powerful. You are very creative, and this is, seriously, amazing.

  3. Julia Pope on March 29, 2024 at 6:43 PM

    This is a beautifully well written poem! Even though I am not where you are, I felt as if I was experiencing everything along with you. I can relate to feeling trapped and haunted by your dreams and nightmares and also the feeling of defeat and hoping for the day that you can feel free again from whatever may be holding you back. I have definitely felt that in my life and still feel that on some days. Just know to never give up and keep dreaming about that beautiful moment that will come!

  4. Caris on April 4, 2024 at 12:13 AM

    This was such a beautiful read. I write poetry too (and I love reading it), so I can honestly that this was perfect because it captures the heart. The part about contaminated thoughts and dreams really stood out to me, and I hope that you can overcome those. I too dream about the same things that you do. And those dreams ARE attainable. Something beautiful WILL come. Keep going!

  5. Emily Morgan on April 11, 2024 at 3:30 PM

    This was beautiful. I am excited for the day that you get to feel your walls shattering down around you. Love, peace, and happiness are all you need to be the person that you want to become. I know you feel alone, but you aren’t. Keep pushing every day. I am praying for peace of mind and comfort for you. Keep expressing your emotions and getting it all out.

  6. Emma on April 12, 2024 at 11:50 AM

    This is such a deep, emotional piece. It takes a lot of strength to face these vulnerable thoughts and feelings, which I admire you for doing in your poetry!

  7. Janet on April 29, 2024 at 8:59 PM

    Dear RW, I am really struck by your phrase, “dreams are contaminated thoughts.” It sounds like for you, dreams can be filled with beautiful thoughts, but they can also be nightmares which you convey by the phrase “cold heart” and “the devil capturing me.” I hope that as you write that contamination will get cleared out and you will find more beautiful thoughts in your dreams and less nightmare and that you will make your mom smile. I like the way you start and end the poem with love, peace and happiness. Keep on writing!

  8. Gaby on April 30, 2024 at 1:07 PM

    This is a very powerful and deep poem. I really enjoy the structure of the poem- short stanzas that allow you to read slowly, really feeling and connecting with each line. I like how you begin by describing dreams as contaminated thoughts, even nightmares, but then go on to say that when you dream about love and family, it brings you peace. The stark difference between the first stanza and the last is very powerful as well. The first line represents many negative emotions, but then turns to hope in the last stanza, that something beautiful will come from the love, peace, and happiness you dream about. Your poem really is a great reminder to not give up hope, and to allow yourself to dream about things that bring you peace.

  9. Rylie P. on May 2, 2024 at 3:59 PM

    Such moving work, good job. Your ability to create such a moving juxtaposition within the first line is captivating. The idea of the innocence of a new day being taken from you before you even open your eyes in the morning is a haunting concept for many, and you do a wonderful job translating your ideas onto paper (or rather for me, a screen). Your imagery is vivid, and everything you spoke of resonated deeply.
    If I were to help you with anything in this poem, I would suggest further developing the connection between your dreams and your reality. While you touch on this theme wonderfully, diving deeper into how your dreams affect you during the day can add even more depth into your narrative.
    I wish you nothing but love and life, friend. Keep writing!

  10. Max on May 8, 2024 at 1:58 PM

    This is so powerful, my favorite line is I dream about the power of real love the kind you will never lose or give up. I really hope that you find that some day.

  11. Destiny Laws on May 12, 2024 at 5:38 PM

    This was beautiful. I feel like I resonated with some of what you said here. The title of this poem brought me here, but the way you described your experiences along with what you hope for one day is what kept me here. Thank you for allowing the world to see this beautiful piece.

  12. Zoe Crane on May 15, 2024 at 8:21 AM

    This is a very impactful poem. I like that you focus on both your current feelings and what you will feel in the future with good continuation of language. I found it very engaging in your use of repetition to start both the first and last paragraphs with “I dream” which gives the poem a roundness as well as tying back in the concepts of love, peace, happiness, and the devil and the impact your family has on these feelings.

  13. Lena Singer-Delius on May 15, 2024 at 5:44 PM

    I really enjoyed your poem, you start with a very heartbreaking description, which works to connect the reader with your situation. Your comments about your family warmed my heart, and your word choice helps to portray the love you have for them. By ending on the sentiment of something beautiful, you leave the reader with a strong sense of hope, and help portray the view of the future that is present throughout your work.

  14. Stella on May 28, 2024 at 10:01 PM

    Hi! This is such a beautiful poem. The images you draw upon and the feelings infused into every line are very moving. I especially love the way you describe your heart as cold when you just wake up. That is such a powerful and creative image. I also love that you started and ended the poem with the same line, “I dream about love, peace, and happiness in the same sequence,” but the line had a different meaning at the beginning vs. end. Please keep writing poems!!!

  15. Cadie on June 5, 2024 at 10:06 AM

    RW, your poem “Contaminated Dreams” is incredibly moving and thought-provoking. The way you combine themes of hope and despair, love and darkness, creates a vivid and emotionally resonant narrative. Your words reflect the internal struggle between optimism and negativity with such clarity and depth! Thank you for sharing this heartfelt piece—it’s a testament to the power of resilience and the human spirit.

  16. Ximena Sacks on June 12, 2024 at 9:03 AM

    Your poem beautifully captures the internal struggle between hope and despair. The juxtaposition technique you used, contrasting dreams of love, peace, and happiness with darker, more somber images, effectively highlights the depth of your emotional conflict. It’s evident that your powerful imagery and heartfelt emotions resonate deeply.

  17. Lina on June 12, 2024 at 4:05 PM

    This poem perfectly captures the feeling of despair and longing for love. The metaphors about the sky and ocean, since they’re so monumental that the metaphor deepens in meaning. The flow of the poem is amazing, it feels as though the reader is having these epiphanies at the same time as the author. I really like this poem, it’s so realistic to the experience many people have.

  18. Amerie on June 12, 2024 at 5:30 PM

    This poem is a poignant exploration of the juxtaposition between hopeful dreams and the harsh reality of life’s challenges. The imagery and emotions expressed are vivid and evocative, drawing the reader into the speaker’s inner turmoil and longing for redemption. The contrast between the darkness of the devil’s grip and the yearning for love, peace, and happiness creates a powerful tension that resonates deeply. The theme of resilience and the determination to overcome adversity shines through, offering a message of hope and perseverance. Overall, “Contaminated Dreams” is a thought-provoking and emotive piece that captures the complexity of the human experience with depth and sincerity. This work is great!

  19. Kylie Santana on June 12, 2024 at 11:13 PM

    This is a wonderful poem! I loved the continuous allusion back to dreaming, even when you did not explicitly say the word “dream,” you described it through other means. You nicely captured the confusion of growing up, especially by mentioning your 19th birthday in the first paragraph. I also like the use of repetition in the last stanza.

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