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Below is the poem entitled Nightmares which was written by poet Heather Ober. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Nightmares

A slice of light strains in vain
through murky glass,  
pouring shadows into corners like spilled ink.
Dust floats and coats the acrid air,
white with stale light.  
The room is always grey, always silent... at first.
Until the silence breaks---
splintering like snapped wood.
  
A spindle without thread 
drops from nowhere, rolls in karmic circles 
across the floorboards in my head.
It stops at my feet; I bend to pick it up. 
But when I open my palm,
it's gone--
And in its place I find an hourglass

Then - suddenly - I'm encased
in a giant vial of glass, 
swallowed up by quicksand
that turns to sinking ash.
I bang bruised fists against glass walls,
but the more I thrash,
the deeper I fall.
I open my mouth to scream---

And I'm a china doll, 
sitting on a dusty shelf -
paralyzed, demoralized,
with flimsy limbs, expression grim.

All I can do is stare
until morning's glare 
answers my prayers
and wakes me up. 

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  1. Date: 5/30/2013 7:22:00 PM

    Very good poem. Enjoyed the read.

  1. Date: 3/6/2013 10:23:00 PM

    Nice work! I especially like the variety of rhymes, some internal, some not. The imagery is very strong too; I can taste the dust in the air. Jack

  1. Date: 2/28/2013 8:02:00 AM

    It seems like you always do a unique take on these contests. Even the narrowing of the lines seems to have an effect that adds to the poem.

  1. Date: 2/28/2013 7:05:00 AM

    Very well written. Good Luck.

  1. Date: 2/28/2013 2:59:00 AM

    Outstanding post dear Heather

  1. Date: 2/27/2013 9:54:00 PM

    Awesome one, Heather! I was truly enraptured in this one, and it chilled me to the bone--a good thing? YES. :D Always, Laura

  1. Date: 2/27/2013 4:39:00 PM

    Ooow, this is freaky! Good but freaky. I see a big win in my crystal ball over beside your China doll amongst all those other needful things. Well done! This is a piece I can see Stephen king writing in one of his books.

  1. Date: 2/27/2013 2:55:00 PM

    Wow, you certainly bring your nightmare to life, Heather... this is wonderful poetry...

  1. Date: 2/27/2013 1:43:00 PM

    Freaky stuff, Heather....I'm scairt!...ha. Good luck in this contest! I dreamed the other night that Frankenstein came over to visit, but I had to kick him out because he kept breakin' stuff. Then he got mad and killed my neighbor....what the heck?!

    Ober Avatar Heather Ober Date: 2/28/2013 1:16:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Haha! You should write a poem about that ;)
  1. Date: 2/27/2013 1:22:00 PM

    So nice to read your verse this morning. Light & Love

  1. Date: 2/27/2013 10:25:00 AM

    This is a powerful expressive write! I really enjoyed reading it this afternoon! Great Work!!

  1. Date: 2/27/2013 10:21:00 AM

    Heather, my dear. What amazing talent you have. I am amazed by your command of words and how you weave them into this tale that leaves one with a uneasy feeling. Hope this is just an exercise on word mastery, my dear! Great write! Hugs!

  1. Date: 2/27/2013 10:21:00 AM

    Heather, my dear. What amazing talent you have. I am amazed by your command of words and how you weave them into this tale that leaves one with a uneasy feeling. Hope this is just an exercise on word mastery, my dear! Great write! Hugs!