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Phantasmagoria



Assaulting me! The darkness comes to be in devil’s guise. Phantoms haunt my mind; in sleep paralysis I cannot flee - insanity bleeding through ruined rind. I’m humbled now and at your merciless whims and words afflicting by your whipping cruelty I’d endured and what of this - stranglehold of fear that is so gripping. The trauma it inflicts does overwhelm in present as it did in madness past, as Hypnos slips me blackened nightmare’s realm my sanity becomes a lone outcast. Stalking specter and there’s no protections, I’m the victim yet my mind in confines, house of mirrors broken your reflections; antagonistic mania still shines. My life with you; you’re still inside my head, though self-destruction chose as your fare-well. Subconsciously you infiltrate with dread as incubus revenge becomes my Hell. Susan Ashley September 23, 2018 *Hypnos: the ancient Greek god of sleep*

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Date: 12/11/2018 5:50:00 AM
Awesome and brilliant poem :) very cool work of art
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Susan Ashley
Date: 12/11/2018 6:33:00 PM
J.W., your gracious visit brings me a smile and your wonderful and uplifting comments warm my heart. Thank you for your inspiring presence here. Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
Date: 10/16/2018 4:29:00 PM
Terrifying but a great pen! Well done.
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Date: 10/17/2018 1:47:00 PM
I relish your wonderful comments as well as your visit. Thank you, M.L., your time spent with my poetry is truly appreciated. Warmest wishes .. ~Susan
Date: 10/8/2018 9:51:00 AM
Hi Susan, I have to say that this excellent write gave me the chills. The words struck home like knives, painting such a strong, dark, cryptic group of images in the mind. This is such wonderful, dark poetry. I love it. I love the content. This one has to be a fave. Have a wonderful Monday. Hugs....Mike. XX
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Date: 10/8/2018 1:09:00 PM
Dear Mike, it pleases me to know that my poem was able to get under your skin and give you chills.. your visceral response was one that I was hoping my dark verses would produce. Thank you for sharing your heartfelt response with me and for the fave.. your comments are cherished. Warmest wishes my wonderful friend.. ~Susan
Date: 10/4/2018 11:02:00 PM
G'day Susan … enough to frighten the dickens out of a nightmare. I needed to read your poem to gain its full impact, and its not a bedtime story for children - thank you Susan - Lindsay
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Date: 10/6/2018 9:42:00 AM
Indeed, Lindsay. The idea of this scares the dickens out of me as well.. Thank you for your meaningful comments, your emotional response was the kind that I was trying to provoke with the imagery in this poem. I relish your wonderful visit. Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
Date: 9/30/2018 3:40:00 PM
The title was enough to send shivers up my spine, Susan...the content tripled that! I would say this is more scary than what the sponsor was hoping for! That 'stranglehold of fear' would haunt me for ever. Great phrasing. ~ warm regards & hugs my friend. // paul
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Date: 10/1/2018 9:46:00 AM
Oh I am so glad that my poem was able to get under your skin and send shivers up your spine, Paul.. your visceral response was one that I was hoping my verses would produce and to know that this was a spine-tingling experience for you just thrills me :)) Thank you for sharing your awesome comments and reaction with me.. Warmest wishes and hugs my wonderful friend.. ~Susan
Date: 9/29/2018 7:16:00 AM
Ooh, this is a really fascinating poem, I really love the vocabulary you have put in this poem,it simply makes it a joy to read, I wish you best of luck in the contest, good luck and have a really nice day
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Date: 9/29/2018 9:38:00 AM
Thank you, Faraz, for sharing your uplifting and heartwarming comments with me. I'm so pleased that you enjoyed my poem, dear poet. Your wonderful thoughts and warm wishes are truly appreciated, my friend.. ~Susan
Date: 9/28/2018 6:04:00 AM
absolutely fascinating Susan, I thoroughly enjoyed reading your imaginative piece, love the way you have portrayed the scary way that the human mind can affect an individual at any time, which any of us can experience at any time, good luck in contest my dear friend. :))
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Date: 9/28/2018 10:29:00 AM
Thank you Roy, for your uplifting encouragement and lovely support. Your comments are both meaningful and insightful and I hold them in my truest appreciation. I'm so pleased you enjoyed my poem, my dear and wonderful friend. Warmest wishes always to you.. ~Susan
Date: 9/25/2018 1:58:00 PM
That's my gal...my beautifully insane twistered blistered sistered lol...I'm a very proud sib...a twistering FAV...love & twists...+WW+
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Date: 9/28/2018 10:24:00 AM
Lol! Thank you my twisted trippy triplet bro for your insane awesomeness and your hilarious uplifting comments and the fav. On wicked wings, your craziness has reached new heights since you found your twisted blistered twinster sisters.. haha! You make me and my insane Bren-twin proud as well! Love and triple twists and a drop and roll.. ~ The one and only barely sane sib :))
Date: 9/24/2018 2:11:00 PM
My dear sane sister! I swear if I was not already mad insane I would definitely be so now! I love this and.fav my dear sister! You have such a way with words that keeps me insane ! Oh I must soup mil you sister dear I have news for you lol! You will think I am even more I sand then before or........ Not lol! Your still insanly single sister!
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Date: 9/28/2018 8:41:00 AM
My dear twisted sis! I'm so happy that my humble verses keep you totally insane b/c me and our twisted triplet bro wouldn't want you any other way :)) Your insanity is just so endearing and lovable <3 I've been out of commission this week but I've been awaiting your soup mail as mentioned in your crazy comments.. lol!.. still waiting for the news you have for me, and the wait is driving the sanity right out of my barely sane mind.. lol! Maybe this is a role reversal in the making.. Oh No!!! I don't think our twisty bro could handle it! haha! Love and hugs, your sane but getting nuttier by the day, twinsey!
Date: 9/24/2018 5:52:00 AM
My dear friend, your Poe'esq verses of phantasm and darkness are chilling and wondrously created. This is superbly composed verses that immediately brought to my mind Edgar Allen Poe, the greatest master of Dark poetry that ever lived and composed.. A fav and a very striking example of dark poetry!
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Susan Ashley
Date: 9/28/2018 8:33:00 AM
Dear Robert, your wonderful comments fill me with joy. I'm so happy that you enjoyed the dark flavor of my haunting poem and I agree, with you, that Poe was the greatest master of Dark poetry.. I'm deeply honored that you think my humble verses were Poe'esq, my dear friend. Thank you for your uplifting comments and for the fav, both are truly treasured.. Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
Date: 9/24/2018 2:16:00 AM
Very well written, this is more reality to me than you can imagine!
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Date: 9/28/2018 8:27:00 AM
Really..!? Arthur, I would love to know how, as these kinds of incidents thoroughly fascinate me. I'm so glad that you enjoyed my poem but I do hope that you're not haunted by an evil incubus my friend.. Thank you for your meaningful and thought provoking comments.. ~Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
Date: 9/23/2018 11:58:00 PM
A deliciously dark treat. You have put me in a Halloween state of mind.
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Date: 9/28/2018 8:24:00 AM
Thank you, Richard, for your always delicious comments. It's always a pleasure to hear from you my friend.. Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan