I Dreamed a Dream…

Like many of you I took the opportunity to go see the movie, “I Dreamed A Dream – From The Musical “Les Miserables”.

 

It was over three decades ago that I first saw the musical live in California.   So this second time around, I knew what to expect.  I thought I was ready to be swept away by the greatest musical of all times.  The 2 hours 37 minutes of entertainment were riveting and captivating.  My eyes were glued to the screen and not at all diverted by the audience, chatty friends, popcorn or munchies.  Soon deep emotion swept over my entire body and began with my eyes giving way to tears.  My throat choked up and started to restrict.  I resisted the urge to wipe my cheek, now dripping with salty tears that I could taste.

 

As the credits rolled, I sat their motionless slumped in my seat.  I felt I had witnessed the death of a friend, a colleague, a loved one, of me?

 

As I slowly rose from my seat I was both inspired and relieved.

 

For there was a time that I too could sing this tune…

 

“I had a dream my life would be

So different from this hell I’m living

So different now from what it seemed

Now life has killed the dream I dreamed.”

 

 

I have begun dreaming again?  And YOU?

 

“I Dreamed a Dream”

 

There was a time when men were kind

When their voices were soft

And their words inviting

There was a time when love was blind

And the world was a song

And the song was exciting

There was a time and it all went wrong

 

I dreamed a dream in days gone by

When hope was high and life worth living

I dreamed that love would never die

I dreamed that god would be forgiving

 

Then I was young and unafraid

And dreams were made and used and wasted

There was no ransom to be paid

No song unsung no wine untasted

 

But the tigers come at night

With their voices soft as thunder

As they tear your hope apart

As they turn your dream to shame

 

He slept a summer by my side

He filled my days with endless wonder

He took my childhood in his stride

But he was gone when autumn came

 

And still I dreamed he’d come to me

That we would live the years together

But there are dreams that cannot be

And there are storms we cannot weather

 

I had a dream my life would be

So different from this hell I’m living

So different now from what it seemed

Now life has killed the dream I dreamed

The dream, the dream I dreamed