And so to bed,

though once it was said

that life is just an illusion.

Well if that is so,

then why, long ago,

was my life such a whirl of confusion?


A nightmare, a dream

or so it would seem,

could be life long ago

on an endless stream.

We are trapped in a world

somewhere deep; in-between.


So settled now am I

that I often wonder why

I was once so afraid;

lived my life in the shade.

I need no longer cry,

for although we must die


we don’t have to pretend

for there may be no end.

Maybe life is

but a butterfly’s dream

with no boundary’s or borders,

no end it would seem?



Written by Darren Scanlon, November 1985.

Revised 31st July 2016.

© 2016 Darren Scanlon. All rights reserved.

18 Comments Add yours

  1. Wonderful piece, Darren! We really should not be afraid that our life will end. Instead, be scared that it will never begin. 🙂

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    1. I like the way you think and totally agree. Thanks for your kind comments.

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  2. stevetanham says:

    Lovely , Darren. Full of warmth.

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  3. Anonymous says:

    I loved the imagery of this, and the use of questions throughout the latter half of the poem was fantastic. I think that added a really cool element to the poem.

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    1. Thank you very much, Someone.


  4. Olga says:

    Even at such a young age, you were quiet the poet and philosopher, Darren. Love your writing, past and present. ❤

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    1. Thank you so very much, Olga.

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      1. Olga says:

        You’re welcome, Darren! I’m so happy that my comments are getting through. 🙂

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      2. I’ve just checked and it turns out that I was no longer following your blog??? Don’t know how that happened. Rest assured I am, once again, following you.

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      3. Olga says:

        Thanks, Darren. I was wondering where you disappeared to. 🙂

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      4. Never far away, my friend.

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  5. Rita says:

    Beautiful ❤️ sending love 😊

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    1. Thank you my dear friend. Hard to believe that I wrote this 31yrs ago at the (not so) tender age of 20. Feels sooooooo long ago now 😉🙃🙂

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      1. Rita says:

        It’s beautiful! I know what you mean – then some😊

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  6. Darren.. this was beautifully penned.. and yes no need to fear..We shall fly, Keep holding your wings close to your heart my friend.. Its been a while since I came by I know.. But I do not wish you to fly off to any other realm just yet my friend..
    Sending Healing Love and Blessings your way Darren and Hope you are doing well ❤ Sue

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    1. Thank you so very much, Sue, for you wonderful comments. Trust me, I’m going nowhere. This is a piece I wrote 31yrs ago at the tender age of 20. 😉🙂🙃

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      1. That is good to hear.. 🙂

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