Heart Stopping Dream

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Heat Stopping Dream

By Tony DeLorger © 2013


In the quiet of the stillness on a deathly dark night,

I lay in my bed my mind swilling in fright,

for an apparition did stall me, tear me from sleep,

its groaning and suffering my soul rose from the deep.


To face this lost pariah, this translucent wafting wisp,

with its gnarled hands outstretched, pleading for some tryst,

and I all in a panic just to see such a horror,

my soul barely hanging on by the thread of its collar.


Under my blankets in a childlike retreat,

the light from this spectre right through did it keep,

my eyes from aversion transfixed by the shock,

and heart jumping skip ropes considering to stop.


And then in my frenzy this pale grimaced wretch,

did speak to me directly, it's words so deep etched,

It's time my dear friend, for you to pass from this life,

and join us in heaven, with no worldly strife”.


With blanket dispensed with and my feet finding ground,

I looked at this ghoul, knowing no heaven was found,

and with trust having left me, and anger pressed forth,

I addressed this pariah, with words less than remorse.


It appears you're mistaken”, I said with blind rage,

for you're not from any heaven that I know, I'll wage.”

And when it's my time and a messenger sent forth,

It won't be no wretch like yourself”, I informed.


With that the light waned within this messenger of doom,

and its hands fell to its sides, resolved, beaten in gloom,

and I feeling victorious, just folded my arms,

when the ghoul's face turned to demon, its claws like razors and armed.


I stepped back, my eyes wide, my heart frozen without beat,

as this thing whooshed toward me, it's dark evil soul to keep,

and paralysed with fear I just stood, awaiting death,

and with a crack sat bolt upright, and found myself in bed.



Nightmares are the subconscious manifestations of fears and doubts, placed on a stage of relativity. We can indeed learn from them if we listen to our inner secrets and the darkness that we hide from ourselves.

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Tony DeLorger 3 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Hope not Wayne; thanks for the comment. Take care mate.


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wayne barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

Wow, you've been recording my dreams, have you? Very good piece Tony.


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Tony DeLorger 3 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Glad you were impressed Anil. There is certainly a power in well metered poetry.


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Tony DeLorger 3 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Glad you enjoyed it FR. Have a great day.


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AUPADHYAY 3 years ago from INDIA, UTTAR PRADESH STATE, KANPUR CITY

What a classic poem, tony-delorger, I appreciate it too much to the extent of it's soul. Thanks for enabling me to be aware of this type of fantastic poem. I vote it up.


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Whew, what a nightmare or was it! Gives one chills to the bone. Terrifying write here, and it sounds as if one may have had a peek into that unseen realm. Yes, those claws are like razors . . .

Voted up ++++ and sharing

God bless, Faith Reaper


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Tony DeLorger 3 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Thanks Martin, appreciate your comment.


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Congratulations. You were very successful. thank you

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