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Who But Daniel?

written by: Bob Jensen



I saw him in a dream
so many years ago
Laughter beyond measure
from that small aortic flow

Even now I cannot help
But smile as I recall
The way I knew his heart
On that rainy night that fall

My voice was in his laughter
And his joy was in my soul
His love was in my breast
Like the bonfire’s warming coals

And when I shook the sun
And bade him wake the lazy day
Still I felt his laughter
And it kept the rain at bay

All day long I wondered
Who the laughing child could be
For I could not place his eyes
But his soul was known to me

And though he never spoke a word
His message was quite plain
That his heart was full of living
And his joy was unrestrained

And who could solve a dream like this
But Daniel in the den?
How does a soul know what to choose
To show the love within?

But that night the rain kept falling
And his laughter left my ears
And it was the darkest evening
Watered with the cruelest tears

For the hopeful place that we had set
For one as yet to come
Would be taken from our table
Before the morning sun

Our tears were like November’s
Darkened days of frozen rain
And the searing air we breathed
Splinters pulled against the grain

And when the skies had cleared
And the tears had drained away
I thought back to the recent dream
I’d had upon that day

A laughing little boy
Without a single word to say
Unbridled in his joy
Like the leaping trout’s ballet

Perhaps he made a shallow dive
Into the living stream
But still he saw the eddies
Where the sleeping rainbows dream

Perhaps he saw the sorrow
That was coming on the dawn
And perhaps he let me know
That the journey was still on

For who would share that dream
But my Daniel in the den?
And who knows what a soul might choose
To show the love within?



This poem describes a remarkable dream I had some 25 years ago.

Bob Jensen

Bob Jensen

Bob Jensen has been writing poetry, music and prose his whole life.
He currently resides in Prince Edward Island, Canada where he works as a booking agent for folk musicians from around the world.
His award winning novel, The Matchbox Funeral, is available on Amazon.
Bob Jensen

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