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Linda Roorda


Daydreams…we all have them.  But, what we each might dream about is obviously as different as we are… for dreams are at the core of our individuality and uniqueness.  By definition, daydreams detach us from the present.  They might be momentary fleeting thoughts, or a longer intentional refuge from reality.

Sometimes, daydreams are like watching a few lazy clouds pass serenely through the sky above.  Sometimes, they’re like those magnificent billowing thunderhead clouds of a gathering storm, as thoughts wrestle to resolve an issue, or perhaps as you struggle deciding which direction to take.  Sometimes, dreams are of creative designs or embellishments that lead to an invention we couldn’t live without.  And sometimes, they’re the longings of a heart for something more… a dream to overcome a disability… or to simply succeed at whatever life hands us.

After writing this poem, I was reminded of a book I’d read recently.  It was about a young Pakistani girl, Maria Toorpakai… someone who wanted more out of life than the expected.  From an early age, she dreamed of more than the hidden life of a girl who felt ashamed to be who she was born to be.  Publicly presenting herself as a boy simply to get an education and play the sports she loved, encouraged in her endeavors by her parents, she became actively involved in life, not hidden away from the world.  Facing strong male competition and resentment, with a fierce determination and love of the sport, she became her nation’s top squash player.  But, it came with a price when her gender was learned on applying to college.  With threats against herself and her family, and years of fleeing those Taliban’s threats, Maria eventually found assistance.  Jonathon Power, the first North American named the world’s top squash player, sent her an offer she couldn’t refuse.  Resettling in Power’s native Canada, Maria began training and competing at an international level with all due respect given for her talents.

Read more in “A Different Kind of Daughter – The Girl Who Hid from the Taliban in Plain Sight” by Maria Toorpakai and Katharine Holstein.  The initial part of the book read a bit laborious to me, but it soon became a book I didn’t want to set down.

Daydreams… of where they can take us, and the good they can bring to others…


Linda A. Roorda

Like a gentle breeze, a wind blowing free

Are thoughts and ideas that randomly roam

Within the great halls and echoes of time

Bearing a vestige to presence of mind.


Restless reverie on wings soaring high

A pulsing of thoughts from reality’s screen

Punctured and framed by fragmented scenes

Of treasured gems retrieved from the past.


This contemplation draws deeper inward

Losing oneself to an inner eye

Perspective tinged by the breadth of life

From where I’ve been to where I am now.


Lost yet again in rapt reflection

Generating change from a constant flow

Creativity within the mind’s eye

With its secret’s allure just one step beyond.


For they draw me in to lose myself free

In solitude’s calm to meditate lone

To gather my dreams from farthest corner

And find gentle peace in depths of my soul.



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"Poetic Devotions" offers faith-based poetry and everyday devotions of praise by Linda Roorda. See more at her site HERE



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