Once Upon a Shredded Dream

Once Upon a Shredded Dream

Once Upon a Shredded Dream

Once Upon a Shredded Dream.

His lips tasted like honey each time we kissed.

I got lost in his arms each time he held me close.

But there was something that lay hidden —
that, he didn’t disclose.

I didn’t bother because it didn’t matter— at least that was what I thought.

Even though I knew something was wrong, he was the one I loved.

I didn’t want to let go because I was so used to the celebrity lifestyle: in the magazines, at the events and on the TV screen.

To let go meant to forfeit my dream of living the life, so

I had to endure every hit he gave while he screamed at me. I wanted

the fame so I struggled to hide my shame— just to be a part of the game— so I could maintain my status and name.

But I was just fooling myself cause life for me was Paradise in Hell. It wasn’t long before I discovered that I was just another

jewel among his collections; and like all other jewels before me, I was dumped for his latest collection. It was to me an open

secret— a mystery revealed and there I was sitting all alone in misery feeling empty. Hot

streams of tears began to flow down my cheeks as I looked in the mirror staring at this one time beauty whose

face now looked disfigured as a result of the many blows she had received. I had been lost in my thoughts when I felt

a tap on my shoulder. I looked up— and it was the One who loved me.

I didn’t love him before now cause he was nothing like the stuff I was used to.

He didn’t party so there were no snapshots.
He didn’t go shopping so there were no diamonds.

He was no superstar so there were no spotlights. But while I was in despair, he came near and he whispered to me:

“Allow me to clean your wounds.” I allowed him to. Softly and tenderly, he cleaned them. When he was done, he said:

“Allow me to treat you right.” I agreed. Then in the softest tone, he whispered the words:

“I love you. I always have and always will.”

I asked why he’d pick interest in such an ugly figure like me— who didn’t care about him and treated him bad when I was living my dream.

He replied: “You’re not ugly, you’re just messed up— in time you will heal. I want you to know that I am moved by my love for you not by the things you say or do.”

Then he held me in his arms and gave me the warmest embrace, lifted up my face and kissed me passionately and he said: “Please be mine.” From that moment on, I became his.

He didn’t give me the glamour I was used to instead he gave me the love and attention that I wasn’t used to. I realized that

that was what I truly needed. I began to live in the present with happiness so I gave up that dream that brought sadness. I left it in the past where it belongs for it was:

Once upon a shredded dream.

Written and Performed by Viano Dee
Instrumental: Overcome by Ugonna Onyekwe (Royalty Free Beat).

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About the poem: Once Upon a Shredded Dream

The poem can be seen from two perspectives: the physical and the spiritual. The physical aspect reveals one coming out from a toxic relationship into a beautiful one. It can be related to domestic violence.

The Spiritual aspect reveals one coming out of a relationship with sin into a relationship with God. The poet uses an earthly description of love between a couple to give an idea of what the relationship is like between Christ and the Church.

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Viano Dee

Non-niche blogger. Poet. Songwriter. A hardcore romantic. Her write-ups could take any form: poetry, articles, and even songs in ways that'll inspire you, resonate with you, or tell a story while keeping you both informed and entertained.

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Wow.  This was a really moving piece.  Where did the inspiration come from?

Reply to  Simi

Thanks Todd, I see you. This must be the place. Haven’t been able to get that out of my head. Lol.

Anyway, to the question— I can’t really say that there was any specific inspiration. Most of my works actually come from thoughts — usually, a play on words. Sometimes, all I need is a line— a sentence and it just develops from there.

“His lips tasted like honey each time we kissed” was the line that grew into Once Upon a Shredded Dream.

I have a funny feeling that something is about to come out of “this must be the place.” I can feel it. Lol.

Thanks for reading Todd. I truly appreciate it.


nice piece loved it. 

Reply to  Shama

Thanks a lot Shama. Glad you enjoyed it.

Mama Writes Reviews

Aww, nice poem and well written! I enjoyed it very much. 


Thanks so much Mama. Glad you enjoyed it.


This is an exceptional piece ! Well put together and nice poem . Thank you for sharing 

Reply to  Lambam

Thanks so much Lambam.


Wow, this was amazing! Great work!!

Reply to  Autumn

Thank you so much Autumn.

Rhey  Personal Growth Blogger

i like this topic especially when i too often hear about checklists and i want someone who does or has x, y, and z. appearance and materials are one thing but its the connection that makes you stay.


That’s very true Rhey. It also shows that love can come from unexpected places.

Lala Kerry

While reading this, at first it reminds me of my boyfriend. I felt the different love that he gave me. And after reading at the end of the story, I realize I can relate it back to God. Even though I never thought of that at first but now it made me take it in both perspective. It was written beautifully. 

Reply to  Lala Kerry

Thanks so much Lala. Glad you liked it.

David Elliott

I definitely saw the domestic violence angle here.  It is just such a sad and intense poem at the beginning.  So glad it moved into a better place from despair to hope.

Reply to  David Elliott

Thank you so much David. 


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I’m glad you chose this theme, so touching and intense. I liked reading it. Thank you


Thanks so much, Pia.


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Yomi Spontaneous

There you go again! The piece is great and I love how instrumental the poem is, full of such deep meaning. Out of sin into a beautiful relationship with God- I love that! 


Thanks a lot, Darlene.

Van Tay

Beautiful piece you have here. Touches my soul. I love that it shows from 2 different perspectives as we all know that real life hardly is just one perspective. Another perspective that is not touched on here but I think is equally important is learning to self love. Loving yourself is not an easy thing because it is so easy to focus on flaws instead of strengths. No matter how much we think we love someone, we must love and know our own worth first. 

Reply to  Van Tay

That’s another perspective. Didn’t think of that till now. Nice. Thanks for reading and sharing Van Tay.


All I can say is there was Mozart, Bach, Micheal Angelo, they gave thier best  and went beyond common and ordinary in thier professions. Now we have you.

Reply to  Simi

Lol Simi. Thanks a lot. Really appreciate it.


What a strong and emotional poem, domestic voilence is hard to admit to, and putting up with it seems easier.  This shows that you can move on and find true love with someone who loves you for you x

Reply to  StressedMum

Very correct StressedMum. 


I got dragged away with the words. This poem is so meaningful . Wonderful work 🙂

Reply to  Anagha

Thanks so much Anagha. 

Rose A

How wonderful to depict the evolution of love. You did a wonderful job.

Reply to  Rose A

Thank you so much Rose A.

Whitney Kutch

This is beautiful!  What a great love story <3

Reply to  Whitney Kutch

Thanks so much Withney. Glad you enjoyed it.


I’m an absolute spoken word fan, and this piece is amazing. I hope this poem finds that victim of domestic violence that needs to see there is light after leaving the toxic relationship

Reply to  Georgina

Yaay Georgina. Good to know you’re a fan. Hopefully, I’d see more of you. 😉

Its Healthy Moms

Well I went through my first ever Spoken Word Poetry. Very beautifully written. I loved it, it has a deep meaning. 


Awwwn… Thanks so much healthy mum. I’m glad you enjoyed it.


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