Hopes and Fears

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Hopes and Fears

Lost in the current
of my dreams
floating in between
hopes and fears
Drifting towards that haven
between anxiety and peace
Hoping to decipher
confusing messages
laid before me
Who waves the prickly pear
in my face?
A punishment for a  wrong
I unknowingly committed?
Who are these adversaries
in my sleep?
What have I done?
Wishing to shake off the
hands that claw at me
I struggle to wake

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  53 comments for “Hopes and Fears

  1. September 2, 2021 at 5:03 am

    Great prose. I recently wrote a blog article on the same subject – Feel free to check it out – https://authorjoannereed.net/how-can-we-find-hope/

    • Christine Bolton
      September 2, 2021 at 8:48 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Joanne. My poem/post was actually about a dream I had. I always say dreams represent our hopes and fears, hence the title I visited your site and read your wonderful post. There are so many who need hope in their lives right now and I hope your post finds them 💕☺️

      • September 2, 2021 at 10:10 pm

        Christine. Like you rightly said dreams represent our hopes and fears, so we should pay attention to them. Your feedback warms my heart 🙏💜🧜‍♀️. It is very much appreciated. Thank you.

      • Christine Bolton
        September 2, 2021 at 10:15 pm

        My pleasure☺️

  2. August 20, 2021 at 4:34 pm

    Thank you for sharing! Check out my article on hope. I hope will encourage you.

    • Christine Bolton
      August 20, 2021 at 8:56 pm

      Thank you too for sharing your article ☺️🌺

  3. July 24, 2021 at 12:15 pm

    So beautiful 🔥🔥

    • Christine Bolton
      July 24, 2021 at 2:10 pm

      Thanks Teddy ☺️🌺

  4. June 29, 2021 at 11:36 pm

    Very descriptive. I’ve had dreams like that too. Makes you really wonder where they come from!

    • Christine Bolton
      June 30, 2021 at 6:39 am

      Thank you! Yes Susi on reflection, and with a little help from a friend, I actually figured out what that dream meant. It is fascinating. ☺️

      • June 30, 2021 at 1:26 pm

        You’re welcome, Christine! Oh, good, glad you could. Sometimes I’m still left scratching my head! LOL

      • Christine Bolton
        June 30, 2021 at 4:34 pm

        Yes they can be quite bizarre sometimes 💕 😳

      • June 30, 2021 at 7:39 pm

        🙂 But fun! It’s always an adventure. I never know what I will wake up to.

  5. June 16, 2021 at 2:53 pm

    Good poem here Friend. I like your expression. Two quotes that I like concerning fear are:

    Psalm 34:4
    “I sought the Lord, and he answered me
        and delivered me from all my fears”.

    Philippians 4:13
    ” I can do all things through him who strengthens me”.

    While we can try to do things on our own, God is able to help us in dealing with our fears. God is able to put things in order for us and to make things work out for our good. To overcome fear, we need to put God first. God is the king and there is nothing impossible for him to do.

    If anyone reading is interested in building a relationship with God, I have a post on that here: https://christcenteredruminations.wordpress.com/2018/08/29/how-to-build-a-relationship-with-god/

    There is much more to know about God. I post frequently on my blog about topics related to God. You are welcome to follow my blog to keep up with my content.

    -All the best. May God bless you. 

    • Christine Bolton
      June 16, 2021 at 5:17 pm

      Thank you for your very kind thoughts. They are really appreciated ☺️🌺

  6. June 13, 2021 at 11:43 am

    This is so much closer to the the kind of dreams I know that those wonderful flowery ones I read elsewhere… well done.

    • Christine Bolton
      June 13, 2021 at 12:36 pm

      Thank you Bjorn ☺️

  7. June 12, 2021 at 5:17 am

    Beautifully written. Engrossing.

    Umm Christine, I was wondering what block you use for that poetry bit in the post, and whether it’s phone or laptop.

    • Christine Bolton
      June 12, 2021 at 9:27 am

      Thank you Jude! ☺️
      I use the block called Verse for poetry. My site is set up for view on phone, tablet and desk/laptop. Hope this helps ☺️👍

      • June 14, 2021 at 10:16 am

        I hope so too. I’ll try it when I’m writing on Wednesday night.

  8. June 11, 2021 at 7:43 pm

    Wishing to shake off the
    hands that claw at me
    I struggle to wake
    Such a frustrating, helpless feeling — such a wonderful poem… well written Christine!

    • Christine Bolton
      June 11, 2021 at 10:28 pm

      Rob thank you! Nightmares are horrible 😦

  9. June 11, 2021 at 11:52 am

    I so identified with this experience: being in that no man’s land of restless sleep where every anxiety takes on an indecipherable shape and meaning. Wonderfully written.

    • Christine Bolton
      June 11, 2021 at 10:34 pm

      Thank you Dora ☺️💕 I know, it is so disconcerting and I was quite troubled by the woman waving the cactus in my face. I still don’t understand it 😕

  10. June 11, 2021 at 11:50 am

    ~~~ and awaken you must. Nightmares are distressing, when I have one and on awakening I wonder whatever could have prompted it. Be well, sweet dreams.

    • Christine Bolton
      June 11, 2021 at 10:32 pm

      Thanks Helen. Yes it was quite disturbing 😳

  11. June 11, 2021 at 5:47 am

    A beautifully penned poetic description of a nightmare. Love the prickly pear image!

    • Christine Bolton
      June 11, 2021 at 10:32 pm

      Thanks Ingrid. I really appreciate that. It was a troubling dream 😦

  12. June 10, 2021 at 8:51 pm

    mmm, a wrenching poem, i could feel the tension all the way thru, the prickly pear was a great visual, very well done

    • Christine Bolton
      June 11, 2021 at 10:31 pm

      Thank Phillip. PS I loved your poem ‘pretty waitress perfect of fools Fabulous! ☺️

  13. June 10, 2021 at 8:44 pm

    Uncomfortable dream!

    • Christine Bolton
      June 10, 2021 at 8:52 pm

      Yes Sadje …. prickly! 🤣

      • June 10, 2021 at 8:55 pm

        Very well written Christine

      • Christine Bolton
        June 11, 2021 at 10:37 pm

        Thank you my friend ☺️💕

      • June 12, 2021 at 12:29 am

        You’re welcome

  14. June 10, 2021 at 7:29 pm

    For me the hard part is that it’s me waving the prickly pear in my own face with my claws. My own fears dream manifest. Thanks for making me think.

    • Christine Bolton
      June 10, 2021 at 8:29 pm

      You know Colleen I hadn’t thought of that. It was my dream from last night that I was writing about. I couldn’t think who I might have made so angry that they would wave something prickly at me. Of course it could be me. Oh dear …. 😦
      Thanks for making me think too! ☺️💕

  15. June 10, 2021 at 6:38 pm

    “Who waves the prickly pear
    in my face?” What an amazing question!
    And then….to find out hands are clawing at this person….while they’re dreaming….and finally they awaken. Thank God! But what was that????

    • Christine Bolton
      June 10, 2021 at 8:19 pm

      Thanks Lillian. It was a dream I had last night. A woman knocked at my door and waved a cactus in my face because she was angry at me and I didn’t know why 😦😳 It bothered me most of today. Any ideas? LOL 🤣

  16. June 10, 2021 at 6:15 pm

    Oh, wow. This is really vivid! It reminds me of waking up after a nightmare or being stuck in sleep-paralysis; that feeling of in-between darkness but it’s suffocating. The last few lines of your poem really sum up that feeling. I enjoyed reading this piece, it’s very well written.

    • Christine Bolton
      June 10, 2021 at 8:12 pm

      Thanks Lucy! You are sop kind. I actually had a dream last night where a woman was very angry at me and stood at my front door waving a prickly cactus at me 😦😳 I’m not sure what the heck it meant so It became a poem ☺️💕

      • June 12, 2021 at 5:24 pm

        Your dream world has a lot to say! The first question: how did the dream make you feel? Sounds like curious? Mystified? Maybe the dream is a message answering something you’ve been curious about or mystified by… Yes, you can tell me to shut up about my dream interpretations anytime 🙂

      • Christine Bolton
        June 12, 2021 at 5:52 pm

        No I’m so interested. You were correct about the last interpretation!
        This one upset me because I didn’t know what I had done wrong and this woman was being horrible and the. She turned up on my doorstep with a cactus and put it close up to me face in an angry manner. Help! 😧😳

      • June 12, 2021 at 6:56 pm

        Do you still have the tips I gave you before? Diagram it that way and see if anything pops out. Cactus to me are prickly on the outside but nice and green and full of life inside. Maybe a misunderstanding? They might mean something else to you…

      • Christine Bolton
        June 12, 2021 at 8:51 pm

        Yes I still have it. I will see if I can figure it out that way. I like what you said about the cactus. My first thought was that it was a bad energy. I know in Feng Shui you should never plant cactus or pointed prickly plants at the front of a house. Maybe it was a misunderstanding but I haven’t had any. 😯

      • June 13, 2021 at 11:24 am

        “bad” dreams aren’t necessarily bad. It’s *your* dream so only you can decide what it means.

      • Christine Bolton
        June 12, 2021 at 8:59 pm

        You know I think I just figured it out using your method! Oh my gosh Lisa, this is amazing! Thank you so much ☺️

      • June 13, 2021 at 11:25 am

        Awesome!!!!!!! You’re very welcome. Not my method just one I learned from my dream group 🙂

      • Christine Bolton
        June 13, 2021 at 12:35 pm

        It worked! Thanks for teaching me something about deciphering dreams ☺️💕

      • June 13, 2021 at 1:50 pm


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