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Past-Life Nightmare

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Past-Life Nightmare

A child of four suffers recurring dreams,
disturbing parents and siblings with screams.
When she awoke, always sore in one knee;
next to a birthmark, it throbbed painfully.

Night after night she feared going to bed.
What caused these nightmares that raged in her head?
Even when grown, the torment persisted,
so a therapist’s aid she enlisted.

“Hypnosis,” said he, “might offer some clues.
Why not try it?  You’ve just bad dreams to lose.”
Once under, he guided her to a room --
here people’s lifetimes in books were entombed.

“Find one that is yours,” her counselor said.
Quickly she did, but before it was read,
she felt an ache, saw just a faint title.
The words, she thought, said “Alister Bridle.”

The hypnotic trance now suddenly broke;  
puzzling questions “Mr. Bridle” evoked.
For many years she thought that was her name;
perhaps a past life had been filled with pain.

Who was this man?  She simply had to know!
Seasons passed, summer suns made way for snow.
In Florida now, 1998,
she thought all the nightmares she had escaped.

But strange dreams always catch us by surprise --
when the lights grow dim, our minds fantasize.
Cloaked in velvet, she left her parents’ farm,
stealing away on a late autumn morn’.

To meet her love, she climbed on the carriage,
knowing her folks would forbid their marriage.
Warm-hued leaves carpeted the hillside road,
and her pulse beat fast; she’d soon join her beau.

She thought only of him; joy cast its smile,
but that’s when he called, “Alice, the bridle!”
The leather band broke and wrapped ‘round her knee.
To the ground she was pulled; her horse ran free.

She met death, but past-life dreams recycle,
and she’d never been “Alister Bridle.”



*Based on real events I experienced.

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  1. Date: 12/2/2012 9:35:00 PM

    Just like Kash, I find this truly captivating, Carolyn. Past lives...so many mysteries in this world that are yet to be told...Absolutely amazing story written very well as always! Enjoy your week, Seafaress. Love, Annalise

  1. Date: 10/28/2012 11:07:00 AM

    A captivating story here by you Carolyn.Enjoyed reading your 1st poem here.Today I found you never read my 1st poem here at the soup.My best wishers to you.

  1. Date: 3/14/2012 7:20:00 PM

    Awesome Carolyn... had me going ...although i did feel as I was reading there must have been some reality to it. Congratulations on a unique narrative and numero uno win!

  1. Date: 3/12/2012 12:06:00 PM

    Congrats on your win...Sara

  1. Date: 3/12/2012 9:00:00 AM

    Congratulations on your win in Catie's "Narratives" contest Carolyn. Love,Carol

  1. Date: 3/11/2012 7:05:00 PM

    wow Carolyn great story!! Congrad's on your win! Light & Love

  1. Date: 3/11/2012 6:24:00 PM

    A fantastic write for sure..a very big congrats, jag

  1. Date: 3/11/2012 5:05:00 PM

    Wow...not only an amazing experience this must have been, but amazing story you told, so brilliantly! Congratulations on your win!!

  1. Date: 3/11/2012 3:40:00 PM

    Carolyn this is just superb, great poetic flow, congrats on your 1st place win..David

  1. Date: 3/11/2012 3:38:00 PM

    Congratulations, Carolyn, on your top spot in my contest. It was sooooo close, and hard to judge. Hugs, catie :)

  1. Date: 2/21/2012 3:01:00 PM

    okay, no soupmail, hey - there's an extra word in the first line of the fourth verse, is it suppose to be there? Wonderful narrative, you've blown me away with this one! You've set the mark very high for the other poets. Hugs, Catie :)

  1. Date: 2/21/2012 3:00:00 PM

    soupmail :)

  1. Date: 6/17/2011 5:32:00 PM

    Hi Carolyn, I just had to go back to see where you began. This is an amazing piece and I am so glad I have lots to read......Love, Elizabeth

  1. Date: 3/6/2011 11:04:00 PM

    When I was growing as a boy, my knees would ache so awfully. This poem made me remember that, even though the ending is very different than my life! Your stuff is so good. I want to say I wish I could write like that...BUT...only YOU can write like that! Perfect words. ~JS Lambert

  1. Date: 1/8/2011 2:55:00 PM

    So this is how it all began? I see you were off to a flying start on this website. Great descriptive couplets with great rhyming. I now see you are one of the more talented members of this site.

  1. Date: 1/5/2011 2:00:00 AM

    yes I too believe in reincarnation.....your poem tells a fascinating but frightening story...well done.......but I am saddened that you are so plagued by such blackness...it is possible to break through such a cloud with determination and optimism....I know

  1. Date: 11/19/2010 3:11:00 AM

    this kind of titillating poem leaves me wondering in my mind whether you are the finest poet in ps but that is debatable though

  1. Date: 10/6/2010 10:36:00 PM

    Carolyn thought i'd look at your first post on soup. I'm well pleased love the subject, and the artistry. i've noticed i'm the one hundred and thirty third comment. wow your such a talent! Harry

  1. Date: 7/29/2010 9:09:00 AM

    Wow! Carolyn, I too believe in genetic memories but not so much in reincarnation of the soul as much as inherited memories from our ancestors through latent codes of DNA. Your poem is very interesting as I have had similar dreams of a time I believe was in the 1400's as an American Indian, and I'm 1/4 Seminole too so...who knows, only God!

  1. Date: 6/27/2010 12:44:00 PM

    Wonderful poem and even more so if it is based on truth. congratulations on your wiin. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 6/24/2010 8:43:00 PM

    Carolyn, congratulations on your win! This poetic 'journal' of your dreams and their symbolism is fantastic to say the least. Chris.

  1. Date: 6/24/2010 2:15:00 PM

    Wow, what a fascinating story you tell in your poem. It's captivating and very well written. Congratulations to you on your win ~ Sharon :)

  1. Date: 6/24/2010 10:02:00 AM

    Congratulations on your win!

  1. Date: 6/24/2010 7:50:00 AM

    Another winning poem, Carolyn!!! Congratulations on this amazing tale...wow!!

  1. Date: 6/24/2010 7:07:00 AM

    I remember reading this one a while back, Carolyn. It served you very well in Nikko's first contest ever!! a BIG congrats for your BIG win!! LUv, Andrea

  1. Date: 6/24/2010 5:27:00 AM

    Congratulations Carolyn on your win in Nikko Palmario's contest "Your Snooze, You Choose". Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/24/2010 1:15:00 AM

    I never read this before the contest and I just literally got the chills after I did--then when I reviewed the poems, I got the chills Again! So it's 2nd place for you, Carolyn ^_^! This was such an interesting story and I was just caught up in your dream--and it's all true too, wow!! Super congrats on your win with this yet again--I see this was also a previous winner--I am not surprised at all-- enjoy your win!! --nikko :)

  1. Date: 6/11/2010 9:33:00 PM

    Wow, Interesting,rog x

  1. Date: 6/9/2010 12:50:00 PM

    Interesting that bad luck would follow her.SK

  1. Date: 5/11/2010 2:05:00 PM

    GREAT story. Wow, it is YOUR story, Carolyn? I think I'd believe it too if I were having that dream,and how curious what the name Alister actually meant. A big congrats for you. LUv, andrea

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