Nightmare by Moonlight

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens with Real Toads – Sunday Mini-Challenge:  How about the nightly visits?
I want you to take a careful look at Goya, and think about your own nightmares, maybe there is a consistent theme, or maybe it’s more the feeling of waking up entangled in suffocating bedsheets, or with a feeling that you are not alone. Maybe you have woken up and simply have to go and check that the door is locked.
For those of you who prefer to be inspired by music, I find that “Moon over Bourbon Street” can inspire to some nightmare emotions. After all there are always those soft footfalls following you at night. 

I watched the video, mesmerized by the music.
If you want to see it, go to:

Black spots
on the moon.
Deserted street–
I run and run,
cannot remember
how to get home.
Man following me,
quickening footsteps.
My feet are lead.
Each street I turn
down is unfamiliar.
Street lamps are darkened,
why? I try and try
to run faster; he is close
behind me. I hear
the rhythm of clicking
heels on the pavement.
Cannot move, cannot scream.
A hand reaches out
holding a knife. Sharp
steel blade that glitters
like liquid silver. I force
a scream, and awaken,
still screaming.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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13 Responses to Nightmare by Moonlight

  1. I think to be hunted and not being able to scream is so well portrayed here.. just like a nightmare.


  2. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade) says:

    You did a wonderful job of keeping up the pace even while enumerating the terrors. I felt I was running with you.


  3. says:

    Can nightmares ever be as frightening as reality?


  4. Kerry O'Connor says:

    You have captured the anxiety of the nightmarish scene very well.

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  5. ihatepoetry says:

    This worked for me, It has many of the same elements of my nightmares. Wonderful and damned spooky.


  6. This is scary…the feeling of being hunted. I had a similar dream when I was a teenager. I dreamed there was a man in the kitchen sorting through the knifes to find one to kill me with. I woke up screaming..scared my mother and youngest sister to death.


  7. Bekkie says:

    Liquid steel and knives! Very scary!


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