Monday, September 10, 2007

Writer's Island - "My Imaginary Life"

My Imaginary Life

by Tammy

What is an imaginary life?

Is it wishes made with pennies
glistening through the fountain water?

Or our childhood dreams-
exhaled on our pillow tops?

Does it steal from real life?
Or just make us want more–
like a fat cat’s meow at meal time?

Maybe it’s just a fantasy
like any storybook tale.

Could it be hope?

My first entry for the new . I've been so busy with living in my real life that my anxiety level only allowed for a short poem. My real imaginary life would be a healthy, long life that could have filled a book. Come join the fun!
Photo from Stock-Xchng


Chris said...

Tammy, how long have I known you now? A year maybe? Longer? And in that time, your writing has just become so wonderful. I'm always excited to see what you have to say next. I am so glad to have gotten to know you because think what I would be missing if I didn't, hmmm?!

Joyce Ellen Davis said...

I love the childhood dreams exhaled on the pillowtops! (Hope your real unimaginary life stresses ease soon, my friend).

paris parfait said...

What a lovely poem - and yes, hope is the key to life! Here's hoping your house sells soon and everything else falls into place! xo

Catalina said...

Love the poem! and the picture! Hope is a wonderful thing.

gautami tripathy said...

It is hope. It is love too.

Left-handed Trees... said...

I will have to visit the island too, your poem is beautiful--however brief it may be.

Tumblewords: said...

I love this! It questions - then answers. Wonderful work!

rel said...

Brevity is no sign of less message.
Hope is the germ that breeds the future of our imagination. All we have to do is choose to step into that future.
Love Ya,
Oh and isn't there a birthday coming up?

Amber said...

It is a beauty. I love the dreams on pillowtops.


Robin said...

"our childhood dreams-
exhaled on our pillow tops"

I love that image, and I very much enjoyed reading your poem. I hope whatever is going on in the rest of your life slows down for you soon.

Anonymous said...

I really like this "Writer's Island"-great job on your first one. I think I may join in at some point, but the prompt didn't spark anything for me this week.

Pam said...

I, too, love the "childhood dream " line.

Congrats to Dave, no more commutes! Boom chaka laka!
Good luck job hunting, Dave.


Becca said...

Yes, it is hope indeed.

Here's hoping you get every good thing you can imagine!

Lea said...

Your words invoked my imagination... and made me curious to answer the questions you pose... thank you for this beauty...

Anonymous said...

Hope - our imagination as a way to envision our hope for the reality of our lives. Yes!

Nice to see you at Writer's Island.

Regina said...

Where woul we be without hope, dear one? A lovely poem for today...
love you.

Anonymous said...

Tammy thanks for stopping by post.
Wow a beautiful poem with the perfect picture.
And lovely music too.
Your blog is a pleasure to visit.
Sending good vibes your way

Kelly said...

i think it's lovely, short yes, but lovely nonetheless - you should stop apologizing for yourself girl! You are gifted!

Deb said...

"Or our childhood dreams-/exhaled on our pillow tops?" absolutely captured me. Fantastic image.

Beau Brackish said...

What a lovely poem. I love the vivid imagery.

Anonymous said...

Tammy, This poem is amazingly beautiful! I love every word of it, and can relate to the beauty of your words. Hope is also a beautiful thing, one of the most beautiful words in the world. Your words were like gifts that came down from above.
Thank you for your very kind words on my blog..

Cherie said...

So lovely Tammy, so much said in such a few words, you are so wise ... Thank You!

Clare said...

Hi Tammy! Beautiful poem!! I especially love the "fat cat's meow at meal time" and the line "could it be hope?" This poem really touched me a lot -- thank you!

Anonymous said...

Tammy - such lovely lines and that image fits so perfectly! I would love to see a book filled with your beautiful words and wisdom - in a never-ending story. But as you've proven over and over here - a haiku can be as beautiful and say as much in as few words as a sonnet of many stanzas.~XOXO

Jo said...

I love so many of these images. Especially the childhood dreams and pillow tops. But best of all this:

Does it steal from real life?
Or just make us want more–
like a fat cat’s meow at meal time?


Tracie Lyn Huskamp said...


your poetry was beautiful and really spoke to me. Thank you for sharing and for visiting my blog. I cherish your kind words and comments.

Tracie Lyn

Anonymous said...


You give so many hope with your courage and determination.



daisies said...

oh yes ~ hope!! of course :) you are brilliant, you know that right, brilliantly talented!! xoxo

daisies said...

oh yes ~ hope!! of course :) you are brilliant, you know that right, brilliantly talented!! xoxo

Julie said...

I had hoped to contribute to the first prompt but didn't make it.

Your poem is beautiful and heartfelt. If you'd had more time, you could have written more words, but the sentiment would still be the same--living a life of hope :D

Big hugs! Star

Odessa said...

i love the image of childhood dreams exhaled on pillow tops! just beautiful.

and yes, it must be hope. and a little magical thinking. =)

Vedrana M. said...

beautiful poem, beautiful :)

Rob Kistner said...

Tammy -- that was just beautiful! ;) Life is all those things and more... hope yours is all it can be!

Glad you're on the island!

Giggles said...

Pure beauty in those words!

Hugs Sherrie

DEREK said...

well I better save this for after work, before I get in trouble, writer's island sound cool, can't wait to check it out.

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