The Dreams I Dream

The dreams I dream
Are simple things
Set like pieces on a chessboard
Everything is peaceful
Even though I know
The world is anything but
But these are the dreams I dream
And not the bone-chilling reality
Of fear and war
Of left and right
Of guilt and innocence
Of fire and ice

In the dreams I dream
The sky is always clear
The sun is bright
But never too hot
The people talk
But I can’t hear them
Maybe it’s because
Nobody really has
Much to say any more
We have all been talking
For too damn long

The dreams I dream
Are tiny plays that take place
In a world where there
Are always mountains in the distance
And the faint sound of animals
Through the restless rustling trees
The dreams I dream
Are never violent or troubling
Enough to bring me awake
In a cold sweat

The dreams I dream
Are filled with dazzling details
That elude me after I wake
All they leave are traces and hints
Like a radio trying to pull in
A faraway station
In and out the picture voices go
Drowning in the subtle static
Of my overworked mind

The dreams I dream
Start out with the best
Of intentions, but somehow
Lose their way inside the
Rambling muddled maze
Of my subconscious
And I keep thinking
Yes, this would be a good one
To remember
A big idea for something
But they are only dreams
And they can go
From concrete to abstract
In the space of a nanosecond
And just like that, they do

And I am left
Right where I was
Before I started
Struggling to remember
All that that has eluded me
In the dreams I dream

Jim Murray
Jim Murrayhttps://www.bebee.com/@jim-murray
I have been a writer since the age of 14. I started writing short stories and poetry. From there I graduated to writing lyrics for various bands and composers and feature-length screenplays, two of which have been produced. Early on in my writing career, I discovered advertising. While the other media have drifted in and out, communications writing and art direction have been the constant through a 20-year career senior positions in Canadian and multi-national agencies and a second career, which began in 1989, (Onwords & Upwords Inc), as a strategic and creative resource to direct clients, design companies, marketing consultants and boutique agencies. Early in 2020, I closed Onwords & Upwords and opened MurMarketing which is a freelance strategic development/copywriting/art direction service for businesses working to make a positive difference in the world. I currently write long format blogs in 4 different streams, encompassing, entertainment, marketing, and communications, life in general, and the renewable energy and recycling industries. These are currently published on beBee.com. I have, over the years, created more than 1500 blog posts. I live with my wife Heather in the beautiful Niagara Region of southern Ontario, after migrating from Toronto, where I spent most of my adult life. I am currently recovering from spinal surgery and learning to walk again.


  1. Dear Jim,

    To say thought provoking would be putting it lightly. Your words take me on a journey, ultimately trying to recall dreams that at the time were as clear as the sky but on awakening, frustrating illusive. I can relate to dreaming various dreams and in the morning try to ‘re-visit’ a particular one because it was a great experience. No such luck! I occasionally experience ‘flying dreams’. On awakening, I try so hard to return; very rarely materializes. Really super, Jim.