Expectations of the future
in the stories you tell yourself
must be discarded
before joy can bring you health.

Hang onto your dreams,
and chase after them so you thrive,
but remain attached only to the big picture
and not to the details of how they should arrive.

Lest disappointment blinds you
from the miracles that reality brings.
If you quiet your mind enough,
your soul will start to sing.

There is a creed that only dreamers dare
as into the space of possibility they stare
reciting these words found there:

“Everything you have ever wanted
will come to you if you believe,
dream, and work for it.”

You can’t spend your whole life dreaming,
because if you’re dreaming,
you can’t feel a thing,
and if you want to move forward from here,
you’re going to have to feel,
and sometimes that hurts,
but you can always heal.

Don’t worry, the worlds have a door between them,
and ideas are freely flowing.
Anything is in the realm of possibility
if you can keep your soul a glowing.

D.L. Lang
D.L. Lang
D.L. Lang of Vallejo, CA is the author of nine poetry collections, including 2016's Poet Loiterer which Kirkus Reviews described as containing "Free-spirited ideals couched in fairly infectious rhymes." She enjoys performing her poems at open mics and entering them in county fairs.