Dreams, or: Stanzas

An emoji ‘free verse’

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In a moment, 
๐Ÿง—โ€โ™‚๏ธ it would be 
over again and he'd 
๐Ÿง—โ€โ™‚๏ธ have to start over in the next... no, not this time. 
Grunting, ๐Ÿค hand over hand, he scaled the 
๐Ÿง—โ€โ™‚๏ธ uneven face of ๐Ÿค the dream cliff,  
fingers ๐Ÿค aching with the weight of his body 
๐Ÿง—โ€โ™‚๏ธ as the first rays ๐ŸŒ„ of sunlight...
oh no โœ‹ no... 
no...  ...
... ๐Ÿ–๏ธ

๐Ÿคธโ€โ™‚๏ธ

๐Ÿคธโ€โ™‚๏ธ
๐Ÿคธโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ’ฆ
๐ŸŒŠ๐ŸŒŠ๐ŸŠโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐ŸŒŠ๐ŸŒŠ
Far below the water's surface
he swam effortlessly, breathing
through the dream gills on 
the sides of his neck...
๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ’จ here we 
go again... 
kicking ๐Ÿฆต with
his powerful ๐Ÿฆต legs,
frog style, ๐Ÿฆต he propelled
himself towards ๐Ÿฆต the
mouth of ๐Ÿฆต the cave
ahead. Maybe... ๐Ÿฆต
this time ๐Ÿฆต ... 
There!
Wait... 
What was
that ๐Ÿ•ณ๏ธ dark...
no... please!
not... ๐Ÿ•ณ๏ธ
๐Ÿคธโ€โ™‚๏ธ
๐Ÿ•ณ๏ธ

๐Ÿคธโ€โ™‚๏ธ

        ๐Ÿฆถ๐Ÿ’ฅ 
     He landed ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ“š
  ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿฆถ ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ“š 
๐Ÿ“š barefoot ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ“š
๐Ÿ“š and ๐Ÿ“š tiptoed over ๐Ÿฆถ ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ“š
the ๐Ÿฆถ ๐Ÿ“š enormous ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ“š
๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ“š bookstacks, ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ‘๏ธ๐Ÿ‘๏ธ looking 
carefully for ๐Ÿ“š the... ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿฆถ ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ“š
wait... ๐Ÿ“š was that it? ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ“š yes!
๐Ÿ“š finally! he saw it lying ๐Ÿ–‹๏ธ behind 
some ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ“š bookstacks; ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ“š
๐Ÿ“š quickly - before this new dream
ended, he made a grab ๐Ÿคœ for the
๐Ÿ“š Pen โœ’๏ธ of Poetry... ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ“š
๐Ÿ“š he'd done it! โœ’๏ธ ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ“š
๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ“š finally... โœ’๏ธ his poems โœ
๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ“š would truly be his own! ๐Ÿ““ 

d’Verse Open Link Night

For today’s Open Link Night at d’Verse, I’d like to share one of the more experimental poems that I’ve attempted, which I first published back in January of this year.

I think a lot about what is/n’t poetry; and in this piece I was exploring the idea that emojis are essentially modern day hieroglyphics. In many ways, they’re used like letters and even convey certain kinds of information that individual letters do not.

Of course, I understand that this is not everybody’s cup of tea; and some may even consider this a bastardization of poetry. That’s okay – I totally get it.

Still, for me, this was a lot of fun to write ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

70 thoughts on “Dreams, or: Stanzas”

  1. Well I for one enjoyed this immensely! Love your idea that emojis are today’s hieroglyphics! When my grand daughter first got her phone, she delighted in ending messages with a bazillion emojis! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I especially liked these words and the wave/swimming emoji you put with it:
    “Far below the water’s surface
    he swam effortlessly, breathing
    through the dream gills on
    the sides of his neck…”
    I’m all for poetic license in the creative mode ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Lillian,

      Love your idea that emojis are todayโ€™s hieroglyphics!

      Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚ – I think I got that idea from Kerfe…

      When my grand daughter first got her phone, she delighted in ending messages with a bazillion emojis!

      My daughter likes doing that too, but I’ve weaned her off of it, and my mother (the recipient) also encourages her to write to her (in words) and/or record her voice… so many fewer emojis have been sent from my phone in the last year ๐Ÿ˜‰

      -David

  2. Creative as always! I think there is no form you cannot conquer.

    (I am sometimes worried I will offend by using the wrong emoji ๐Ÿ˜จ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฑ !)

      1. You rock, kind Sir. Keep going. Hereโ€™s looking at you.

        Aside: I attended online Japan Writers Conference where the first presenter was from Israel. Her work has appeared in various Jewish Mags. I thought of YOU then.
        Blessings to you. xo

          1. Liane Wakabayashi: author of The Wagamama Bride. A journalist with 40 yrs experience. > The Jewish Forward; Tablet; Asian Jewish Life Mag, The Japan Times, The Jerusalem Post Mag. And Chabad. org
            Wow!
            Website goshenbooks. com

  3. I adore the whimsy of this emoji laden poem! Sadly I cannot easily add emojis to my comments. It requires a cut and paste that I find too burdensome. Otherwise I would add a winking mouse and a dancing bear!

  4. I like this, David: innovation! Is this something you invented? I could see it catching on… I often wonder about emojis. Many times I feel that regular punctuation isn’t enough, though I’m sure traditionalists would disagree! I already have an idea for a poem called ‘slightly smiling face’ ๐Ÿ™‚

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