Merchant of Dreams

A creative post from co-author Gayathri Raj.

What lies beyond and within. Image credits: Lighthouse dreams by tohadryl at http://tohdaryl.deviantart.com/art/Lighthouse-Dreams-144935263

What lies beyond and within.
Image credits: Lighthouse dreams by tohadryl at http://tohdaryl.deviantart.com/art/Lighthouse-Dreams-144935263

Merchant of dreams, billowing screens,

This pallor of mine is lifted

When my mind is occupied

With your deeds full of happy deceit

Never have I been this pleased.

Merchant of dreams, whispering schemes,

Delusion is such sweet despair.

The melisma of existence, changing notes

Even as the rain pounds on the leaves,

Even as this day is darkened by pregnant clouds,

You still haunt my wet, sodden nights

(Or is it the day? I cannot quite tell)

I find myself wondrous and buoyant

(An existence rare in me)

Indeed merchant you sell

Your wares rather very well

Merchant of dreams, your sorrowful keen,

Nay, it is my sadness that intrudes.

Your happy mid-afternoon crooning,

That intervenes unapologetically,

Your call for my attention wretched, believe.

Wretched to be a distraction from my pity

On my own soul, so inflicted and vengeful.

You, tradesman, employ the cruelest of ploys.

But, merchant of dreams, you who please

The monsoon in my heart and so charmingly do,

Forever calling out the child in me,

With your colorful din and loud tableau,

Each alluring as a rainbow colored candy

Merchant of dreams, I do beg thee,

Stay here forever and fool me as you please

Never have I enjoyed

Such innocent, beguiling trickery

Stay, indeed, merchant of dreams

-Gayathri Raj, 7.20.2013

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