Dream a Dream

Dream a little dream of me

as starlight blooms, high in the sky

the tears, I see,

are now wiped dry,

the night birds call from sycamore trees

sleep now, my love, sweet lullaby,

dream of me, body free,

but spirit hovering, still nearby

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So, this actually fits two dVerse prompts. De Jackson, aka WhimsyGizmo, asked us to write a quadrille using the prompt dream. 

Mish asked for a poem using a verse from a song.  For some reason, the dream prompt made me think of this song. I’m wondering if I’ve heard it recently on a soundtrack.

Here’s Ella Fitzgerald singing “Dream a Little Dream of Me” (with Louis Armstrong).

 

I often use song lines as prompts in my Monday Morning Musings, and I know I’ll be writing more about dreams, but this is what I have for now.

28 thoughts on “Dream a Dream

  1. I liked the bittersweet tone, I may be gone but will linger here near you. . . Your poetry includes the dream part. It was tender and pretty, Merril.
    Ella Fitzgerald with Louis Armstrong is an awesome combination!

  2. When I started reading the poem, I knew I had to find this song (this version, in fact). But Louis reduced to a parenthetical? How could you?

    I agree, though, I do love Ella’s voice.

  3. I’m dreaming of sycamore trees. A few years ago I saw a painting at an art fair of a sycamore tree and fell in love with it. It was expensive and there was really no place to put such a big painting and it seems like a whimsy so we didn’t get it. But I still think about it!

  4. I grew up with Mama Cass singing this one. And I love the version you linked to here, Merril, with Ella Fitzgerald and Louie Armstrong. Wow. Now I’ll have Dream a Little Dream of Me in my head all day. Maybe I’ll get to sing it to the boys tonight when I tuck them in. Thanks.

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