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Dark Nightmare

I'm a writer, a poet, a dreamer. Born and raised in New York City. I now live in Daytona Beach, Florida. .


A stormy night,

plunged me into a world of nightmares,

as thunder crashed

and lightning flashed –

I was plunged into a world of darkness.

On and on I went,

through a forest,

till I came to a clearing,

where a sinister moon –

came shining down.

High above on a craggy hill,

highlighted by the lightning,

stood a castle –

a castle nightmares are made of.

A path led me on,

thunder crashed, making my ears ring,

until I stood at the gate,

that would lead me into that castle.

No human owner,

could possible have created it,

unless it was the Beast

and I was meant to be its Beauty.

Slowly the door opened,

upon total darkness,

illumination from the windows –

only as lightning flashed.

Looking up on the stairs,

in the shadows he stood,

I saw an outline, there were horns.

Slowly he descended,

as he stood before me,

it seemed there was no fear,

he whispered something,

about having waited for me

and then that creature, that surely was the Devil,

bent toward me.

In the next flash of lightning,

crash of thunder,

I was hypnotized –

as I felt the Devil’s kiss upon my nape

and I fell into a dead faint.

Opening my eyes,

a bright sun was shining,

sighing I knew my nightmare was over,

placing my feet upon the floor,

looking for my slippers,

there they were –

covered with the mud of my nightmare.

© 2018 Gypsy Rose Lee


Gypsy Rose Lee (author) from Daytona Beach, Florida on August 11, 2018:

Thank you, Bronwen.

Bronwen Scott-Branagan from Victoria, Australia on August 07, 2018:

Love it! You create the scary atmosphere so well, and then there's that surprising ending.

Kenneth Avery on August 06, 2018:

Gypsy -- you are welcome and we are all here for you if you need us for anything.

God always be with you, dear friend.

Gypsy Rose Lee (author) from Daytona Beach, Florida on August 06, 2018:

Thank you, Shauna. I have been in Florida since June 29. So much has changed in so little time. On August 17 will be one year since my husband passed on and I am already in a new world.

Thank you, Cynthia.

Thank you, Peg.

Lately, everything is new to me Bill and an adventure around every corner.

You're welcome, Randi.

Thank you, Kenneth.

Thank you, Ann.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on August 06, 2018:

Rasma, this is so spooky. The ending took me by surprise. Brilliantly done!

So, you're in Daytona now? When did you move?

Cynthia B Turner from Georgia on August 06, 2018:

Great! Absolutely loved that last line "...covered with the mud of my nightmare." Take care in Florida. Nightmares can thrive anywhere!

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on August 05, 2018:

The first pass through I had to read it fast to find out how things would turn out. I was so caught up. The second read revealed your gift of words and the mastery of your imagery. Wonderfully eerie.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 05, 2018:

Florida has changed since the last time I visited. :) It's a bit more spooky since you arrived.

Randi Benlulu from Mesa, AZ on August 05, 2018:

Im always amazed by your imagery. I was right there! Feeling the beast , the lightning, the mud.....thank you!

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on August 04, 2018:

Gypsy Rose Lee -- completely-enjoyed each syllable of this piece. This one, (like all of your hubs) are well-written, perfectly-timed and each line was in itself a poetic celebration to your talent.

Great stuff!

Keep it up, my anointed friend.

Ann Carr from SW England on August 04, 2018:

Brilliantly spooky!


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