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Night Vision

Drifting off to sleep
Strange visions arise
For me to (re)meet
Shadowy and spectral
Yet as vivid as 
A Graphic Novel

Some wholesome
Some wicked
More still;
Downright macabre

Piercing, penetrating gazes
So many countless faces
Both genders
And all the various races
Flash before my third eye
At hypnotic, flickering paces

Familiar
As my own face
Were some
Others
Familiar too
Yet more vaguely so
Certain was I
That more than a few
Had fallen
Violently
To their deaths at my(?) hands

Plenty still
Clearly represented
A version of me(?)
Doing the dying
At the hands of another

Of course
Not all of my visitors
Displayed such malevolent energy

Reassuringly
Most were halcyon
And unconditionally loving
Then
Nearly as sudden
As it began
The vision shifted
From human faces
To silhouettes of
Various animals
Then insects as well

Another sudden shift
And then
Various random and cartoon-ish
Characters began to act out
Comical scenarios
Depicting the Human Condition

I found myself laughing
Only to be
Overwhelmed with
Déjà vu and
Just a hint
Of nostalgia

Then I awoke
Sat up like a bolt
Ran to grab 
Pen & pad
Scribbling frenetically
Getting it all out
Onto the paper
Just in time too
A moment longer
And I fear
My head 
Would've exploded!


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  1. Date: 4/19/2013 10:19:00 PM

    Matthew , "Welcome to the poetry soup. My name is Linda; many poets on the soup call me PD for fun. I'm stopping by to invite you on over to my latest contest --called the “7 wonders” I'm hoping you will consider the enjoyment and challenges we offer in our contest. If you like, please consider my contest. You can find the contest page on the top left hand side. I’m looking forward in reading and enjoying your poems in the future. Today I will start by reading all you have posted this far..... Thanks @-> LINDA <-@"
  1. Date: 4/19/2013 8:20:00 PM

    Hello Matthew :-), Wishing you a nice warm welcome to the Poetry Soup. I hope you find this community to be one of the best. May you find inspiration by reading some of the poetry written here by other poets, and myself? If you ever want or need feedback on any given poem, please feel free and look me up by clicking on my name anytime you see it.. Luv~*~SKAT"

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