Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Poetry Tuesday: "What We Want" by Linda Pastan

What We Want

What we want
is never simple.
We move among the things
we thought we wanted:
a face, a room, an open book
and these things bear our names—
now they want us.
But what we want appears
in dreams, wearing disguises.
We fall past,
holding out our arms
and in the morning
our arms ache.
We don't remember the dream,
but the dream remembers us.
It is there all day
as an animal is there
under the table,
as the stars are there
even in full sun.

--Linda Pastan


Old Kitty said...

Sometimes what we want is there but we choose not to see it!

What a lovely wise poem! Thank you BB!! Take care

Unknown said...

So true.

My Mind's Eye said...

Human nature is quirky for sure...seems we are always in search for something better when it is staring us in the face.
Happy Tuesday,
Madi and Mom

Leah J. Utas said...

"the dream remembers us."

Not sure why this struck me so, but it did. Happy Tuesday!

Anne Gallagher said...

But what we want appears in dreams

Oh yes.

Sara said...

I love this, but I'm left feeling a bit... creepy? As if my sad, unsatisfied dreams are following me around all day, just a hair out of my focus, but there.

I need to stop wasting my energy on things that just fill the void, and start doing more for happy dreams!

Unknown said...

Lovely words! It's always there within our reach.

Out on the prairie said...

So it is all there for us, but we don't know how to interpret it.

Brian said...

That was a very nice dreamy poem!

floweringmama said...

I really like this poem. Thanks for sharing it.

Donna said...

I like The Dream Remembers Us...pretty...

ds said...

Love Linda Pastan! Thanks for sharing this one, Betty.


A wonderful poem with the message coming across. good read.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sometimes the things we want aren't physical.

GreatGranny said...

I just wish I could recall my dreams...lol nice poem.

Shrinky said...

It seems we want things the most only until we have them, fickle creatures that we are!

Ms. A said...

I don't dare dream anymore, just another lost cause.

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

I love that photo!

Unknown said...

I too love "the dreams remember us". Why I wonder? Is it that I have recurring dreams? Makes you wonder.

Ann said...

We don't remember the dream but the dream remembers us. I'm kind of like that with a lot of people too :)

Joyful said...

That's an interesting poem.

Connie said...

I like this poem, Betty. It's funny some of the things we want, after we get them, we wonder why we ever wanted them in the first place.

Deborah said...

You have a nice blog and I'm sorry for the loss of your beloved Maddie.
Nice to meet you.

Nancy C said...

Sometimes we need to dream to realize what it is we are looking for.

Great poem and photo. :)

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

I really like this. I was thinking earlier today that either gender says the other doesn't know what they want. And it's true for all the reasons Pastan so wonderfully articulates.
Be well.

Baby Sister said...

So so true. I've missed your poems.