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Nightmare on Lonely Street - Poem

Updated on November 5, 2018
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The author is a mental health professional with a passion for writing poetry, her first love. She enjoys writing all forms of poetry.

Understanding Nightmares

Nightmares are horrifying dreams of varying intensities. They usually evoke feelings of fear, horror and distress. They are often long dreams which are very intense in nature. The vivid nature of these dreams are so distressing that the individual experiencing them may have difficulty going back to sleep again. Nightmares are often the result of stress, poor health, vivid imaginations, fears or sometimes maybe the byproduct of playing scary games, watching horror movies or reading horror stories. Clinicians say that nightmares are the natures way of dealing with stress and anxiety and they need to be acknowledged and confronted by the individual concerned.

Nightmares are common among children and adolescents. Adults rarely experience nightmares regularly, although clinical data suggest that 50% of adults have experienced occasional nightmares. However if you have recurring nightmares it is important to keenly observe you physical and mental health. It would also be advisable to also seek the help of qualified professional.

The Story Behind the Poem

For many years as a teenager I had experienced nightmares. They were usually spun around the death of my dad. I had great difficulty coming to terms with his absence in my life. These nightmares usually ended with me finding my dad in some strange place and bringing him back home. Though the nightmare ended pleasantly I was always left with bleak reality staring me in my face.

Although this poem doesn't deal with death, grief or emptiness it deals with another kind of fear that is also very real. Being mugged by thieves while walking down lonely lanes was very real to me. Everyday we read such news or watch these incidents on Television. Even though I have never personally experienced such trauma in my life, I have however felt a certain creepiness pass through me everyday as I walked back home through a deserted lane, late at night, after my extra courses in college. Around that time an incident similar to what I describe in this poem did happen, and the government got cracking with the necessary security arrangements in that area and life was safe once again.

Creative writing gives me a platform to showcase those emotions which were so real to me then. It also helps me give reign to my imagination to some extent while describing the incident.

Walking the streets when darkness prevails,
And evil lurks around in sinister ways,
Even goodness seems shut up,
Secure behind closed doors!!

The drunk weaves hazy patterns,
Through the quiet streets,
Snarling and muttering aloud,

At the strange sounds of his feet!

Murder seems to sneak around,
In different costumes clean,
Intents hidden in normal tones,
Guns and knives unseen!

Thievery slides in suddenly close,
To snatch the heavy purse,
To hurt, to shake the trust you have,

In all of mankind.

The cheat swaggers on the street,
Having had his fill,
While the poor wife awaits him,
With a steak still warm on the grill!

Stealthily he gets so close,
Too close for any comfort,
He whispers in a hoarse voice,
Asks why I am alone…

Could he accompany me,
And be my chaperone,
My Walk now turns into a jog,
And he is close behind!

I break into a steady run
My elbow, he does find!
Turns me around and glares at me,
His hand on my throat!

I croak out a muffled scream,
Breaking out in cold sweat,
Eyes fly open and I see,
That I am in my bed!

Still shaking but now comforted,
Pale face slowly turning red,
Knowing it is just a dream,
I am laughing now instead!

Experiencing Nightmares

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© 2011 Dawn


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    • shimmering Dawn profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      MrDSpade, Thank you for the read and the comment, much appreciated :) Hide your fears in your laughter and your tears in your smiles :)

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      10 years ago

      A great diagnosis of a rude awakening, being remedied with laughter, written well.

    • shimmering Dawn profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      Oh! How true.. an experience all of us have... some more than others. Though I have rarely been troubled by nightmares the experience of a woman walking alone in a dark and dangerous alley prompted me to write this.. thank you for the read and the comment. It is greatly appreciated.

    • WillStarr profile image


      10 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Vivid work, and an experience we have all had.

      Well done.

    • shimmering Dawn profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      What a lovely heart you have! thank you for that beautiful prayer. I always feel protected though there are times when evil really lurks around you ... I truly value your has come from the heart. Thank you.

    • haikutwinkle profile image


      10 years ago

      May the angels guide you with light

      where shadows lurk, their candles will shine

      where evil dwells, their wings will protect

      where anxiety overwhelms, their voices will calm

      where fear clutches, their hands will heal

      where darkness prevails, their hearts will beat stronger

      regards ;)

    • shimmering Dawn profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      Thank you Acetnna, dream or reality, they seem to blend and merge and weave into each other, so much so you do not what which is real. I appreciate the visit and the comment, they are truly encouraging. God bless you!

    • acaetnna profile image


      10 years ago from Guildford

      The realities of life can be just as scary as vivid nightmares. Brilliant work here.

    • shimmering Dawn profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      Thank you Minnetonka twin, I am happy to have you here in my quiet corner. Nightmares are just reflection of day snares, I wish you safety and undisturbed and beautiful nights with pleasant dreams. :)

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      Linda Rogers 

      10 years ago from Minnesota

      Beautiful poetry of your nightmare. I also enjoyed the great tips for having a good night sleep. I do play jazz music softly on my t.v. and set the timer so I fall into a relaxing slumber.

    • shimmering Dawn profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      WE, you are generous. Sometimes these are not nightmares but just the realities of life, played out at night again.. For women in some parts of the world, it is an everyday experience.. and yes, you couldn't be more right about being grateful for every day that passes in safety.

      Thank you for the encouragement and the comment.

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      Website Examiner 

      10 years ago

      Nightmares are no laughing matter, but waking up from them can be. It is true, we must be grateful for every day that we are permitted to live in safety on this planet. Waking up from a nightmare is a humbling experience. What makes the predator so dangerous is his emptiness; he cannot be reasoned with, he must be destroyed. Great poem, great visual presentation too.


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