• By David B. Gosselin


Girl with a Pearl Earring (1665) - Vermeer

Life is like a waking dream,

Ripples on a fading stream,

It has laughter, it has crying—

A beginning and an ending.

It's dear like a quiet dove,

Longing for his mate's true love.

He knows well that it could shatter,

Still he risks all for the matter.

David Gosselin is a poet, translator, and linguist based in Montreal. He is the founder of The Chained Muse poetry website and the founder of the New Lyre Podcast.