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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.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2009

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Date: 1/6/2019 7:00:00 PM
This is an amazing write, Carolyn, on so many levels, and strikes home. I have been plagued by nightmares, to the point where I was terrified to go to sleep for literally years. I often woke up screaming and bawling like a baby, unable to stop sobbing for about a half-hour. It has been a while now since that was a regular occurrence, but every-so-often I get one. It took months of treatment to get to this point, but I'm so thankful. Superb write and thanks for sharing - blessings to you! :-) <3
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Carolyn Devonshire
Date: 1/7/2019 11:54:00 AM
There is a self-hypnosis technique I use now that might help you. Most of the time I fall asleep before reaching the "room" with books on lifetimes (Hall of Akashic Records), but even then, there are no nightmares when I do this.
Date: 12/18/2018 8:53:00 AM
Shivers went up my spine with the poetic presence of power with this poem. To be based on tragic true life experience is quite incredible. Breath taking work.Thank you for sharing. Best to you.
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Date: 7/6/2018 7:28:00 AM
How cleverly you weave your storey through. Interesting to hear of your strong regression. Enjoyed my brief stop today. Be in touch soon.. xx
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Date: 6/24/2018 2:13:00 PM
Wow! This is some powerful recall! I have read of many kids who have similar events, though this one was especially traumatic--thanks for sharing Carolyn
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Date: 10/24/2017 10:58:00 AM
I was reading autumn poems when I came across this wonderfully written story put to perfect rhyme. The fact that it stems from real events is very intriguing. We will have to chat about this one day. This is a Fave! : )
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Date: 7/9/2017 5:15:00 AM
My dear Caroline, I searched for your last poem after my long absense from the site and this amazing story of yours came up on the screen! Excellent writing and flow on a very interesting and deep subject! I hope you are fine! Always best and warm regards!
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Date: 10/7/2015 3:09:00 PM
Wow! I have yet to find any poems about Reincarnation (I have one by that name), not that I've read everything. For that matter, even a hint about it. This is a very well written and entertaining write. I love the rhyme and the flow very much ... CayCay (I was researching Narrative form when I chanced upon it)
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Date: 9/5/2015 10:47:00 AM
Hi, Caroline. My internet is all messed up so I'll be hard to communicate with for a spell. I recently changed carriers and can't seem to get them to straighten things out. Hope FSU will have a good first game. They are rated pretty fair, so have high hopes. Michigan State was a disappointment. With that defense against the pass they had against Western Michigan there is no way they can beat Oregon next week. Michigan looks better but it will be a long season. Love, Dave
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Date: 10/9/2014 8:43:00 PM
Carolyn I came here specifically to fav your beautiful write.
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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
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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
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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
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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!
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Carolyn Devonshire
Date: 6/21/2014 7:50:00 PM
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.
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 :) :)
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Date: 6/21/2014 7:48:00 PM
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!
Date: 12/2/2012 9:35:00 PM
Just like Kash, I find this truly captivating, Carolyn. Past 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
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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.
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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!
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Date: 3/12/2012 12:06:00 PM
Congrats on your win...Sara
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Date: 3/12/2012 9:00:00 AM
Congratulations on your win in Catie's "Narratives" contest Carolyn. Love,Carol
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Date: 3/11/2012 7:05:00 PM
wow Carolyn great story!! Congrad's on your win! Light & Love
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Date: 3/11/2012 6:24:00 PM
A fantastic write for sure..a very big congrats, jag
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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!!
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Date: 3/11/2012 3:40:00 PM
Carolyn this is just superb, great poetic flow, congrats on your 1st place win..David
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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
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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
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