Sand Mountain

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub - Poetics:  Visionary Poems
(posted by Ingrid)

"For this prompt, write a poem inspired by a vision, dream, or both. If you want, you can return to Blake’s “dreams of infants” – perhaps you remember a recurring dream (or nightmare) from childhood which might inspire your poem. Or write about a more recent dream which affected you in some way. If you have ever been fortunate enough to have seen visions, don’t hold back – write about them, let them inspire your muse."

Oh, the horror
of being stuck
at the top 
of an enormous
mountain of sand
We all had to
jump to the bottom
where we would
be safe.  Everyone
is down below
imploring me
to jump before
it's too late.
I have had this
recurring nightmare
many times over
the years.  In each
version, I am frozen,
paralyzed, cannot
jump.  I look
at all those colored
dots below me,
and cannot understand
how they were
able to do it.  
I awaken in a sweat,
still clueless 
of meaning.

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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24 Responses to Sand Mountain

  1. M Jay Dixit says:

    Recurring dreams are the worst! You were really able to convey the unease you feel through your amazing writing.


  2. Ingrid says:

    This is so interesting – the dreaded leap into the unknown is both tantalising and terrifying!


  3. Oh, I can feel for you there! This is a great description of a recurring nightmare.


  4. rothpoetry says:

    A real nightmare for sure! Well done!


  5. memadtwo says:

    Maybe writing this will inspire you to jump next time…(K)


  6. Rob Kistner says:

    Oh yeah Sara, I hate dreams when you’re stuck at a perilous height. Don’t jump my friend, it’s not safe. 😉✌🏼❣️


  7. Those returning nightmares are never really fad.


  8. sanaarizvi says:

    I find that sometimes these dreams require us to simply take a leap of faith, gorgeous writing! 💜💜💜


  9. lynn__ says:

    You brought us with you to that perilous pinnacle and i dare not jump either!


  10. msjadeli says:

    Recurring dreams are really trying to get a message to you.


  11. pvcann says:

    Yes, difficult, though I’m sure you’ll ponder it for some time. Perhaps, as for me, it is a long reflection? Thank you for sharing this Sara.


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