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The Arduous journey

I was wandering barefoot in the snow
What a journey I had to sow

I knew this wasn’t something I would normal indulge in
A strange kind of winter walk without a coat in the wind 

But I continued my lonely trudging anyway
The skies where a dire dark gray

Somehow although it felt cold it didn’t feel wet or unbearable
Perhaps this was the end? Some kind of parable

I was somewhere I didn’t want to roam
My mission was clearly to find my way home

Every passageway I strove to push through came up empty
This was not the happy land of plenty

Why couldn’t I find the end?
Was there some impending trickery around the bend? 

I felt a strong frustration descend over me
I saw the strange face of an unknown banshee

Screams and tears plumed out of loss and shame
I was repeatedly calling out my husband’s name 

Distorted, destroyed no one spoke 
Thank God it ended I woke 

Inspired by the “I dreamed contest”


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  1. Date: 4/3/2010 8:47:00 PM
    Yes those kind of dreams are our nightmares. Congrats on your win, Laura. Luv, Andrea

  1. Date: 3/30/2010 8:40:00 PM
    Congrats for well penned poem

  1. Date: 3/29/2010 12:04:00 AM
    Congratulations Laura on your winning this contest. Well deserved one. (^_^) Noel

  1. Date: 3/28/2010 10:51:00 AM
    A disturbing, yet real dream I can imagine. How strange are dreams, that take a loss, and turn it into some unspoken and terrifying form ... to disturb the peace of mind. I'm glad you woke!! Congratulations on a thoughtful, yet real take on "dreaming". Love Carrie (ps...and thank you so much for your on-going means a lot to me:) !!

  1. Date: 3/28/2010 3:37:00 AM
    Jolting dream here- Congrats Laura

  1. Date: 3/27/2010 8:21:00 PM
    Congrats Laura on your HM in the I Dreamed contest.. a most wonderful honor for u to so enjoy for an excellent write... thankxxx for your blog comment too..luv.. Linda-Marie..

  1. Date: 3/14/2010 11:10:00 AM
    Hey Laura, Thanks for leaving your kind comments on my piece...I wish you luck in the contest! I've asked Audrey to post this comment on my behalf....Jimmy

  1. Date: 3/11/2010 2:27:00 PM
    Tnk God you woke from that bad dream..dreams can be so confusing,many times,Wonderful entry to the contest..enjoyed--Charma

  1. Date: 3/11/2010 12:57:00 PM
    sounds confusing, i have alot of dreams like that just all jumbled up nonsense.