Dying dream


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In the cold evening
I wake with a jolt
Feel my desperate heart
Beating in my throat.

In the faint light
That escapes the door
I read the time on the clock
That says, I’ve slept for hours four.

My skin is covered in a sheen of sweat.
My hair, a crazy mess.
My limbs lie useless by my side.
The sheets twist around my legs.

In panic, I lift my hand
And place it above my heart
Feel it beating beautifully
Even though it is broken into many parts.

I remember the dream
Still feel it on my body
I’ve seen deaths of everyone
But this time, it wasn’t just anybody.

I saw myself so clearly
Skin, pale and grey
My lips curled in pain
The hands of my loved ones, folded in pray.

My hair still shone
My nails, still the same
Many stretched their hands
To touch me, but in vain.

My body lies on the floor
Everyone is crying
They sing praises of me
Wishing, I was not dying.

I don’t look at anyone else
In that dreaded dream
But myself
I can feel the tears that escape my eyes in a stream.

I look at my body
Feel the loss and dread
Words and thoughts I never shared,
Fears I never conquered because I was afraid.

In the darkness of the room
I lose myself a little
Breathe in out in out
Feeling weak and brittle

I pull a white pillow
To my chest
Wrap my entire body around it
Pressing it firmly against my breast.

A solitary tear that escapes my eye
Is absorbed by the pillow,
Which lies limp in my arms;
My dear little lifeless fellow

Alone, I lie in the dark
Thinking of the good in life
That was just a bad dream
I hope this thing I’ll realise.

~insight07

Copyright ©Devika Todi. All rights reserved.

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34 Comments

  1. this resonates with me because I have had many such nightmares – well done

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    1. insight07 says:

      Thank you Paul 🙂

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  2. Danica Aquino says:

    So precise and powerful. Loved this piece!

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    1. insight07 says:

      Thank you Danica 🙂

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  3. marcfunbee says:

    “That says I’d slept for hours four”
    I love it when people use this literary device (I’ve already forgotten its name) and it turns out well.
    This piece manages to pull the reader along for the experience. Nice

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    1. insight07 says:

      Thank you! 🙂

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  4. erythrox says:

    Nice one, so natural.

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    1. insight07 says:

      Thank you 🙂

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    1. insight07 says:

      I sure will 🙂

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  6. FruitNut says:

    sometimes few words say a long story

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    1. insight07 says:

      Yes they do.
      Have a good day!

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  7. mfthoughts says:

    This is such a beautiful piece

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    1. insight07 says:

      Thank you dear 🙂

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  8. Omg!! That is really full of pictures👍

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    1. insight07 says:

      Thank you Vivek!

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  9. Supriyo Singh says:

    Its wht i feel at times when i wake up suddenly at night. Its astonishing to see a person of ur age writing such mature thoughts. Well done. Looking forward for more. 🙂

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    1. insight07 says:

      Thank you Supriyo da! Means a lot. 🙂

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  10. rugby843 says:

    Very good poem.

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    1. insight07 says:

      Thank you 😀

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  11. Jenndude5 says:

    That was absolutely beautiful, I’m almost crying just thinking about the message in it.

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    1. insight07 says:

      Thank you so much, means a lot!

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  12. Your deconstruction of thought and movement is so beautiful! Great piece!

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    1. insight07 says:

      Thank you Biko! 😁

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  13. That was too intense. Have had many such dreams of something similar to this. Such dreams leave us with so many questions and a disturbed mood.
    Very well portrayed Devika..

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    1. insight07 says:

      Thank you so much, Tanushree! I agree, such dreams are awful but they leave us thinking as well.

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