Prey

Every night I drift to sleep
As darkness makes me blind
And yet my vision attenuates
With my sharply focused mind

I travel over a thousand miles
To a hostile, forbidding land
The witching hours drag so slowly
Moon lights the evil plan

The hungry mouths, the feral eyes
So dreadful is their gaze
Circle round with deadly purpose
Muscles tighten and I brace

They are confident that I am caught
But I’ve yet to meet my end
With guile and cunning, I make my move
On this my life depends

When I have dodged and feinted
I smell their fetid breath
As I flee into the forest
I escape those jaws of death

It’s only upon awakening
Chilled, yet dripping wet
That I realize the nightmare beasts
Haven’t killed me yet

38 thoughts on “Prey

    1. Ooh, yeah. I’m screwed, too. Good thing dream stuff doesn’t borrow too closely from reality. It’s not always wolves, but when I dream about being chased, I’m always “this close” to being caught when I wake up. 😦

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      1. It reminds me of those tee-shirts I’ve seen… “If you see me running, you should run, too, because I’m probably being chased” or something like that… Not that I’d actually get away… so you’d better pass me! πŸ˜€

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  1. I am sorry to hear about the nightmares, but I do love the darkness in the imagery of this piece! I have them frequently too, and the things coming after me are usually bugs. I probably should have dreamt of zombies after watching GOT last night!

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  2. I’m so behind, don’t know how I missed this. It’s great, nightmares are always awful, aren’t they. I rarely have one, but it’s always the same when I do. Driving along the coast and the road goes downhill and is covered by water with no warning. Sometimes the car goes through the water, sometimes I wake up. Boy, where’s there a dream analyzer when you need one?

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    1. Oh that’s a bad one! That feeling of helplessness, and knowing what you need to do to save yourself and not doing it. Yes, I’d love to find out what some of our dreams mean!

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