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Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Do Not Let Me Sleep Until I Awaken On My Own

Do not let me sleep
until I awaken
on my own.

When I arise
naturally,
during the trip back
from unconsciousness,
I instinctively
reassemble dreams,
reconfiguring,
recontextualizing,
reinterpreting
and I usually detest
what I find:

walking down
squishy darkened halls
over the corpses of
mutilated snakes,
over blood and muscle
and sinew
and I cannot
see the end,

or embraced by
faceless women
whose madness manifests
only out of the corner
of my eye
as they take me
to their bounteous bosoms
and I nuzzle unreservedly
until I hear
the scrape of their
silver razor teeth,

and then I am lost
in a miasma,
going down on
anonymous placeholders
who I thought
only existed
on the periphery
of my consciousness

and I’m trapped
in this miserable cell,
but finally I am saved
not by the bell,
by the beep,
of an electronic
screech screech screech
from the $7 alarm clock.

Do not let me sleep
until I awaken
on my own.

I’d rather be
groggy and sleep-deprived
than rested
and disturbed.

[Posted for #OpenLinkNight at dversepoets.com -come along and dream a little dream with me.]

44 comments:

  1. whew...yeah, i would not want to make that journey as well through the things that usually surf my unconscious...or that i am blissfully unaware if alarmed awake...my heart can take that shock much better than the other...

    of course now i will be humming dream a little dream the rest of the afternoon...smiles.

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    1. When the alarm went off this morning, I was thankful.

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  2. oh heck...rested and disturbed...some dreams can frighten the soul out of me..usually if i wake and fall asleep again for just half an hour the dreams get a bit out of control...ugh..ha..tight

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    1. yes, if I could be assured good dreams, I'd sleep more. Thanks.

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  3. indeed....the alarm clock has merits after all

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  4. Really cool imagery, Mosk! Excellent work.

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    1. Thanks MZ, I appreciate your praise.

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  5. There's a medical name for that.... hmm.. I forget. Yeah, like you are not asleep, yet still dreaming. I don't know, I rather like that state of being. As you will. Soldier on with your alarm clock.

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    1. Thanks, and now I'll be up trying to research that medical condition.

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  6. Those razor teeth are disturbing in any lady... and the snakes ... yes a sleep like that is not very fulfilling.. very vivid nightmares indeed.

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    1. Yes, quite the dreamland I have. Thanks.

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  7. yeah, me too if my dreams were that freaky:-)

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    1. I think my subconscious is really sick or depraved, which accounts for these nightmares.

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  8. There is something to be said for alarm clocks! The sooner one leaves nightmarish dreams the better!

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    1. I agree - get me outta here.

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  9. I can so relate--vivid nightmares here--I'd rather be sleep deprived as well

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    1. Does it mean something is your dreams are so damned vivid? I'd rather not find out.

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  10. Damn, Buddha, this gave me shivers, as I am inclined toward vivid dreams and nightmares. I have felt many times to rather go without sleep when a nightmare gets a hold of me. Visual poem.

    Pamela

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    1. Thanks, Pamela. Glad to know I'm not alone.

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  11. Saved by the bell, huh?

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    1. Saved by a Screech, no less!

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  12. Wow! That's an interesting message...

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  13. yeah to the $7 alarm clock. I love the last stanza. those are definitely some disturbing visions.

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    1. Yes, and there was precious little poetry here - this was documentary work.

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  14. I specially like that last verse ~ Those dreams or rather nightmares are terrifying ~

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    1. I love waking up after such a night.

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  15. The dark side of dreams..saved thanks to the alarm at just the right time..disturbingly interesting..

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  16. Geez Louise, I'm reading at almost midnight, and now I'm scared to go to sleep!! Not only that, but I get pissed at alarm clocks (I'm a "snooze button" addict) as well as knocking on my door. And Lex knows to be very calm and patient with me if he needs to wake me.

    Those images, bruddah mine, are so disturbing, and yet it's all so perfectly written. I hope you don't really have those bad dreams, because you're such a nice guy. Your sistah, Ameleh

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    1. Of course I have such bad dreams! I don't fabricate! I think that's why I'm such a nice guy - i'm overcompensating for some really dark twisted shit in my subconscious.

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  17. Yikes, Mosk...hope you don't have those nightmares often...those razor teeth...Good one...but I'm not going back to sleep for a bit...O, and when you do...remind wifey to wake you...or at least don't forget to set the $7 alarm clock! Hugs.xo ~jackie~

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    1. Thanks - and I actually set TWO alarm clocks daily!

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  18. The corpses of mutilated snakes... grisly! I enjoyed this a lot, dreams and nightmares can be very vivid. -Mike

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    1. No kidding, huh? That was particularly gruesome.

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  19. ...aww... good thing you can still be awakened by the yell of a clock... quite difficult at my end plus being insomniac has added extended burden in my owling nights... superbly good... loved it... smiles...

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    1. Thanks, and try to get some shuteye!

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  20. If my subconscious is doing all that, I'm soooooo glad I ahdly ever remember my dreams.

    Strong writing, Mosk.

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    1. Thanks, bro. I don't even like dreamland.

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  21. Very interesting write!

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  22. Phew! I wouldn't want to remember all of that either. Great write.

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  23. I don't like that you had to write this, dear Mosky. I wish you sweet dreams.

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  24. happy fathers day brother...

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