Friday, April 4, 2014

Night Terrors

textured stock image by Mark Douglas

submerged
in the cold chill
of my own sweat

limbs kicking and flailing
failing
in time stretched eternity

pulse pounding
thrashing and shaking
the cage that confines

demons gorge on dreams
on fear
          on ragged breath
                                   on primal screams

mare in my night
eyes wild, sensing danger
bolt towards waking

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27 comments:

  1. they gorge on fear...yes... and it's a downward spiral...ugh... hate those nightmares....didn't have one in a long time luckily...

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  2. ugh...my son had them when he was young...it was terrifying for me as a parent to see him go through them as well...shivers....

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  3. I can feel the heart-pounding fear in this, Kathryn!

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    1. It can take a while for the pounding heart to return to a regular rhythm.

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  4. Oh I think everyone can relate to this - a horrible nightmare that seems to keep on going sometimes even after you wake!

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  5. Very powerful and vivid nightmare! I hope you do not have them too often.

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    1. I go through phases where I have them frequently and then have a bit of a respite before they return. I often wake up screaming and frighten the crap out of my husband.

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  6. The way a night-mare rides us.. the sweat the tangled bed-sheets.. this is an ugly mare if there ever was one.

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  7. Very powerful and frightening. You pull us in to this dream- and sweat-soaked world.

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    1. Maybe I should repel you rather than pull you in, not a fun place to be. :)

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  8. How frightening if you are experiencing these night terrors ~ Demons gorge on dreams, that line jumped out for me ~ Take care Kathryn ~

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    1. Thanks, think they are a side effect of the medication I'm on for my nerve pain.

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  9. Nothing worse. I'm grateful they don't happen often. Last night I dreamed I was playing a soccer game. Ha. Ha.

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  10. You write so beautifully, this poem is so evocative & the image goes perfectly with it.

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  11. O, dear...Kathryn, please, get one of those Indians Dream Catcher. Mush help! Thinking about you...Blessings! <3

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  12. O, dear...Kathryn, please, get one of those Indians Dream Catcher. Mush help! Thinking about you...Blessings! <3

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  13. Love, love, love that last stanza. So vivid!

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  14. Powerful images - frighteningly beautiful. I like your play on "nightmare" in this year of the horse! Kudos!

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  15. Oh, those are such heart-stopping moments. You expressed them so beautifully! And your artwork is stunning! I will enjoy browsing your galleries, Kathryn.

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  16. What a vivid description of nightmares/ night terrors.

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  17. And I decided it's about time I start following you!

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  18. Do dreams carry messages or are they just our subconscious mind working out our daily problems? My dreams have been vivid lately.

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