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Dead Reckoning

Black as the pit in the well of my dreams
slumber finds me again, where the silence is long,
on the loneliest road that the mind travels on
I'm engulfed by the pitch and the feeling of dread
Dead reckoning beckons me to hold up my head 
where a whirlwind encircles with fierce prairie winds

I open my eyes, and with the last of my breath
There is a field of tall wheat, I am gasping within
My grandmother's house, in a waving mirage
is seen through the dismal as once it had been
What do I fear? Is it life after death?

Perchance this is slumber, and the sleep monster haunts me,
A nightmare is taunting as it calls through the dark
I am playing the part, as a child with a spark
of the fire that wants me, as the field is engulfed

Heroic, and fearless, alas, not afraid
An arm reaches out, and shows me the way
Keeping brave as I can, as she lends me her hand
She shouts, "Stand by my side, let the flames be your guide"

How brave, that I am, when deep in the place
in the trace of the vaporous face of my dreams
The shades of fire, and smoke of the night
will consume me, if only, I fight off my fright
It is only my fear,  that consumes while awake
of the things that are real, and things that are not

Not to bend like wheat strands, or the flames of the fire
Standing tall when I wake, and will wake with new power

1//5/14  For the Contest sponsored by Poetess Darkly
"Pocket Full of Dreams"

Copyright © Carrie Richards

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  1. Date: 1/9/2014 7:11:00 PM
    wow, what a cool dream poem this is. The very first part, before you added the fire, put me in mind of that famous picture of a girl sitting in a field in front of an old farmhouse landscape. I would sure rate this one high if I were Poetess Darkly!!

  1. Date: 1/6/2014 8:07:00 AM
    And this is how it is DONE! Those last 2 lines resound with such powerful focus & resolve. Incredibly done, Carrie. Happy New Year. =)

  1. Date: 1/6/2014 12:08:00 AM
    Wow you have a nack with your work to take the reader on adventures, this was sad and fearful but yet it had a powerful message to it also. nice work here cheri

  1. Date: 1/5/2014 7:27:00 PM
    This is an awesome dream of empowerment my friend! I really enjoyed reading this delightful poem here this evening! What a powerful piece, Great Work!!