Night Terror - Poem by Linda Ori
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
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!
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