Night Terrors

Lost in dream time
nothing, everywhere, everyone

Directions here or there

Suddenly in a room
hands reach out
grab your wrists
pushed backward

A face comes close
closer, still
devils breath hits
your cheeks hot as hellfire
and a voice rasps:

‘If you fight me there’ll
be a lot more pain and
I’ll enjoy it all the more.’

You shout for help
but nothing comes out
…not even a whisper.

Rigid with fear
he begins his assault
you fight all the more
and he says:

‘Keep this up and I’ll finish
you off and do what I’m going
to while your body’s still warm.’

Then the shout for help escapes
so loud and so clear
and a child comes running
shakes you awake
slowly drags you from the scene
asks if you are okay.

How do you explain
amid the sobs
why you were so
paralised with fear.


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I used to have such dreadful night terrors, thought I was over them. It seems not.
Woke my 15 year old up with such a shock this morning when I shouted out so loud for help in my sleep and she came running in to find me still in the dream, crying.  Night terrors are dreadful.