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!


  9. Achal on February 23, 2021 at 12:41 PM


    Thank you for sharing this poem with us! I think you make a great point in emphasizing the fact that people will do anything when they are struggling and dreaming and when they truly want something, and it is interesting to think about how far one should be willing to go when they are struggling

  10. Dennis Kang on February 23, 2021 at 9:02 PM

    Hi, Thank you for sharing your poem with me. Also thank you for using your tone and clear ideas to inspire other people. After reading your poem, it has helped me understand that the purpose of my life and we experience a lot of challenges in our life. I hope that you accomplish your dream in the future.

  11. Fabiola Vega Albino on February 24, 2021 at 11:28 PM

    this poem is hopeful and very positive. I love it, I love the metaphors and figures used. Great work and so creative!

  12. Emily Bickel on February 24, 2021 at 11:56 PM

    “Love don’t kill, people do.” Never seen truer words!! The struggle, and the dream, is so real. This is a wonderful poem that needs no correction.

  13. Charese on February 25, 2021 at 2:47 AM

    Your poem is beautifully written, and I love the different perspective you brought and taught through your struggles.
    You have such a way with words that make it not only come to life, but is wholeheartedly felt. Your dreams will come true, and I know for sure that the hustle and struggle will pay off. Keep on writing

  14. Brittani Forman on March 11, 2021 at 4:12 PM

    Dear TR, I love the poem! I love that you still believe in your dreams. Do not stop working and striving for them. It will pay off! Keep writing poems.

  15. Ayzhiana Basallo on March 13, 2021 at 12:08 AM

    Wow, this one was real powerful. I enjoyed reading it and have not thought about this concept in that way. I would like to hear more about the struggle and the dream and maybe even point that out a bit more, or explain to me what those struggles and dreams are really like for you and what you as a person are going to do about them.

  16. Joe Fargo on March 25, 2021 at 10:51 PM

    Dear TR,

    Thank you for sharing this poem. I enjoyed your interchanging of struggle and dreams, and I appreciate the raw emotion you share in this vulnerable moment. I hope you continue writing, and I hope you are doing well.

    Best wishes,
    – Joe

  17. Torie Seagraves on March 29, 2021 at 1:57 PM

    Thank you for showing me your perspective in this situation. This is very enlightening.

  18. maggie on April 1, 2021 at 6:09 PM

    I really enjoyed reading this poem about struggling and dreaming. I think they are important concepts and this poem helps people to realize that they can learn from their struggles

  19. Sawyer S on April 6, 2021 at 3:47 PM

    thank you so much for sharing! the struggle to survive drives people to do things they might have never otherwise considered. you are so strong, I can tell just from this poem, and I hope you keep dreaming. Your dreams are yours to have, and I can’t wait for you to be able to chase them. I hope in the meantime you continue to write!

  20. Edmon on April 18, 2021 at 11:47 PM

    Hi Im a student at Wayne State University and am in a class that aims to engage with the community beyond the university and corporations. I really really enjoyed your poem and found it relatable. As AR above said, I really enjoyed the part of your poem where you said, “Struggling and dreaming is the meaning of life”. If you think about how life works, you struggle and dream to get what you want and it always feels like your trapped or not gonna do what you are dreaming of, such as college. Great poem and good job and good luck on future endeavors.

  21. cm on May 2, 2021 at 6:24 PM

    Hello TR – I am a student in a college English class called Writing and Community, where we use community outreach as a way to connect with those outside of the university setting. I really loved your poem – it was so emotional and I felt like I could feel the passion you put into every line. I think you bring up some very valuable ideas about struggles and dreams, and how the two can either work together or work against each other. I hope you continue to write and express yourself through your poetry, you seem to have both a talent and a passion for writing. I encourage you to keep dreaming and I hope that one day you achieve all you wish for!

  22. Aracelli on May 3, 2021 at 8:41 PM

    Hi T.R., this poem holds a very powerful message. The relation between struggles and dreams is made very clear here, and I like that it ends on a note of optimism. Great work.

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