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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: 8/11/2014 2:58:00 PM
    What a great story and a truth my dear....Many things in life boggle the mind...hugs Tim

  1. Date: 6/25/2014 7:37:00 AM
    I have no doubt whatsoever; that we lived many lives before this one. So wonderful, that you will able to recall that event and finally let it go. Wonderful writing, Carolyn. Lainie

  1. Date: 6/22/2014 9:38:00 AM
    i simply typed in Past life nightmare.. went right to it.. Awsome story, Carolyn.. this subject has often fascinated me... hugs, Arlene

  1. Date: 6/21/2014 6:04:00 PM
    thanks for the link, it is an oldie that is why I could not find it! I often type in old titles and they won't come up at Soup. But they do at Google. It's so strange. Anyway, this is a very captivating one and I can see that I read it and commented to it in the past. Good model poem, Carolyn!

    Devonshire Avatar Carolyn Devonshire
    Date: 6/21/2014 7:50:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Dear Andrea, I think you typed in "Past-Lives" instead of Past-Life." It came up when I hit the Soup search engine. High school classmates who read my first poetry book said this was their favorite. Hope it can inspire people to write for the contest.
  1. Date: 6/20/2014 8:04:00 PM
    I loved this! have you ever read the book "Many lives many masters" by Dr. Weiss. It is interesting, fascinating the past lives and great story you have shared :) :)

    Devonshire Avatar Carolyn Devonshire
    Date: 6/21/2014 7:48:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Dear Casarah, You bet I read that book! My collection of books on reincarnation is quite vast and the one by Dr. Weiss was among the earliest I read. It was compelling!
  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.

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