Tuesday, February 4, 2014


I dreamed frightful darkness flew
through me, like wind gusting, gaining speed
creating black, blacker shades of nothing.
I stood helpless disbelieving
terror could intensify pitch blackness.
I pleaded that it stop,
could I at least see some shadows?
Instead, the darkness darkened,
the fear expanded.

'Til my brain, thinking
it's message meaningful enough,
woke me to see light slivers
sneaking in, disturbing the night
sleeping in my room.

Then I closed my eyes, fearless,
securely, safely swaddled
in wakefulness of familiar thoughts.
But questions, like a million baby stars,
twinkled in hunger for brighter light.

Now night terror's complex meaning
still seems too dark to see.
Or, I wonder if its too simple
like the sun,
it blinds me.

(Submitted to Dverse Poets)

"Darkness within darkness,
the gateway to all understanding."
Lau Tzu


  1. whew...there was a season that my son had night terrors...it was horrible as we did not know what to do or how to comfort him....prayer...teaching his scripture to ward off the darkness...we finally got through it...but...i dunno what message it could be bringing or showing our insecurities...

  2. Your well written work illuminates my own path. I appreciate reading it very much.

    ALOHA from Honolulu
    Comfort Spiral

    =^..^= <3

  3. These night terrors sound very frightening. It would be dreadful to have darkness become even darker in the middle of the night. It is good that you could talk yourself fearlessness at least....though it sounds like you are still left with questions! Sometimes I don't think there IS a simple explanation for these things that occur within the human mind.

  4. Myrna, this is absolutely wonderful. "questions like a million baby stars" and "like the sun, it blinds me". Fantastic write!

  5. Sometimes in dreams there lurks darkness but, in the morning there is light which leads to understanding..enjoyed your thoughts..

  6. just recently i had a bad dream that woke me in the middle of the night...and then i was even too afraid to go to the bathroom.... i always wonder where those dreams come from and what we carry around with us...unsolved maybe.. hope you're having more peaceful nights now myrna

  7. what messages we received subliminally or realistically through our nights can haunt us. Interesting write and questions Myrna.

  8. I love your pounding, haunting repetition of darkness, black, blacker, darkened... it sucks you in like a black hole...

  9. Sometimes we just have to let the questions roll until a light shows and an answer comes

  10. I'm so done with night terrors, so horrible...and in the past.

  11. Your night terrors sound very vivid and frightening. I am glad you seem to have managed to identify them as such, even though you are left with questions.

  12. Night terrors are often so real, until we try to get them in daylight... then they just vanish.. so well described

  13. Night terrors scared me as a child and thankfully now I forget my dreams or nightmares when I wake up ~ Are there answers, I don't know but it always make me grateful to see dawn or light ~ Enjoyed this one ~

  14. beautifully written Myrna… do you think fear is more frightening at night, cloaked in velvet mystery or day when you expect things to be visible, but sometimes they are only felt? I'm not sure.