Struggling and Dreaming

By T.R.

Da struggle is for the best of us
Dreaming is for the one’s striving to chase success
I come from the mud
Where struggling is all I know
If we ain’t got it, go next door and tell’em,
“My mother said can she borrow this until she goes to the store?”

Now I’m in a jail cell chasing my dreams
(But only dreaming)
Love don’t kill, people do

Struggling and dreaming will have a person rob, steal, kill,
Shoot you, and hurt you for things one strives for
When one’s struggling, it’s a chase to your dreams
Be patient, dreams become a reality
When I endure this so-called struggle of mine
Only the strong survive to overcome these obstacles

To dream and dwell, one must have a sharp mindset
To look or picture their future

Struggling and dreaming is the meaning of life
Dreaming, and struggling is just the way we live
And I will chase my dream from my struggle

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  1. Aims on January 27, 2021 at 9:33 PM

    TR you have expressed raw, brazen emotion and thought in such an honest manner.
    You have educated me and shown me a different perspective how one has had to approach their dreams, their struggles and what has driven our life experiences.
    Keep writing TR. Keep dreaming and be proud of what you have learned and overcome from your struggles.

  2. Osman Jelani on January 28, 2021 at 2:44 PM

    I really like how you emphasized the community aspect. How we could ask our neighbors for things and how sometimes harm can come from those closest to us. Somehow I get that you are still optimistic in believing in your dreams. I can appreciate it. Inspiring.

  3. Tiffany Gilligan on January 29, 2021 at 11:02 PM

    Hi TR,

    This poem is incredibly powerful. I can feel your pain and your yearning for something bigger. The line “to dream and dwell, one must have a powerful mindset” speaks to your character and your grit. You sound like you do have a very strong mindset to be able to accept struggle for what it is without sacrificing hope. I especially love the last stanza. This is beautiful poetry. Please do keep chasing your dreams!

  4. Gisela on January 30, 2021 at 3:32 PM

    Hi TR,
    One can feel your struggle through your poem, how it could make you do bad things because of it. However, it was through your “dreaming” that we can see that you have what it takes pursue your dreams. You know that you have to be patient, to have a sharp mindset and to picture your future to way you want it. I hope you continue to chase your dreams. Well, done. Cheers, Gisela

  5. Samantha on January 30, 2021 at 7:42 PM


    I love your optimism, and how you are continuing to dream despite the obstacles you are facing. I love how in this poem, you have taken on a new perspective on life, and turned to poetry to help you realize that! Please keep writing, I love the positive vibe that you’re giving off in your poetry.



  6. Cameron on February 1, 2021 at 12:59 PM


    Thank you for opening up in your poetry. I really like your idea of the intersection of struggling and dreaming. People are in need of a better life that they dream of, and they struggle because of it. However, you end on a lighter note—that you will try to break the two apart. I believe that you will be successful, and that you will will achieve your dreams. Based on what you alluded to in your poem (the struggles you’ve had to endure) I think you’ll be able to accomplish this. Keep on writing!


  7. AR on February 2, 2021 at 10:45 AM

    I enjoyed reading your poem Struggling and Dreaming. Patients is such an important part of dreams.
    “Struggling and Dreaming” is the meaning of life, is so true. They often go hand in hand. Perseverance, patients and struggles is what makes dreams come true. Thank you for sharing your poem.

  8. Joyce on February 3, 2021 at 3:43 PM

    Dear TR,

    Thank you for being vulnerable and honest. I am inspired by your determination and ability to keep dreaming, despite the struggles you faced. You do a wonderful job of describing the hardships you’ve endured and the background you come from. I wish you all the best and hope you continue to persevere. I believe we all have the ability to change our lives for the better!


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