Treasure Island

Linda Ori

(08/13/1945 / UTAH)

Night Terror


Running scared
Through deserted countryside
Hiding beneath the trees, breath in ragged gasps -
In the dark heavens overhead, tiny 'stars'
Begin to group and cluster;
Random laser striking electric blue, green and red
Scan above the trees and cast eerie shadows;
Looming silently overhead
Massive darkness pulsates, pulsates.
Barely breathing now, every nerve on naked edge
Waiting, waiting.
Huge explosion! Flaming meteors from heaven
Pierce the silent earth at random -
Humans running, falling, vaporized in mid stride -
Screams wrench from frozen throat -
'Help me! help me! '
Instantly aware of surroundings -
Unable to move,
Heart pounding in my ears,
Covers grasped tightly under my chin-
Silence.................. only ragged expiration - inspiration
Expiration - inspiration.
Slowly, cramped fingers release the crumpled blanket,
Deep sigh of relief..................
Only a nightmare -
Hope I didn't wake the neighbors next door!

Submitted: Thursday, July 20, 2006
Edited: Tuesday, August 17, 2010

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  • Barry Van Allen (3/17/2007 10:46:00 AM)

    Linda,
    Please, take all of your knives and such
    and lock them away before you go to bed!
    B.V.A. (Report) Reply

  • Nalini Hebbar (7/20/2006 3:39:00 AM)

    i did look out of the window looking to see where the screams were from...forgot about the antenne...so that was you screaming! ! ! ...i was just finishing lunch...dont scream in your daydreamings...that would be midnight for me! ! ! ...lol...love...nalini (Report) Reply

  • Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (7/20/2006 2:00:00 AM)

    WELL LINDA, YOU HAVE MOST CETAINLY BEEN THE EARNEST POETESS THIS EVENING, GRACING US WITH A POTPOURI OF VERSE RANGING FROM HAIKU TO DARKVERSE TO A STRINGLINE OF CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN POETRY.THIS, AS ALL THE OTHER WORKS YOU HAVE PENNED THIS EVENING HAS MADE FOR MOST PLEASUREABLE READING...NO CRITIQUE ON THIS ONE....JUST PERFECT''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''FRANK/FJR (Report) Reply

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