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Terror Lurks When You're Alone - a Dark Poem

John has been writing poetry since his school days. He was awarded "Poet of the Year 2014" Hubby Awards and has had two poems become songs.

A Dedication

This dark poem was inspired by a close friend of mine who has recently been through a lot of personal tragedy and loss. Her sleep is troubled with bad dreams and feelings of loneliness. I dedicate this to her.

Terror Lurks When You're Alone

Terror lurks when you're alone,

When darkness falls, it strikes.

Be afraid to close your eyes

Lest you may wake in fright.

When the cuckoo clock strikes twelve,

And the pendulum swings low,

That's when evil stalks its prey.

Be strong and courage show.

Nightmares haunt my troubled sleep,

Ghouls plan their eerie schemes.

Will I die before I wake,

Or perish in my dreams?


What passed by the window?

Did I see the curtains move?

Do monsters lurk behind the panes?

Real bravery I must prove!

Where's the daylight that I seek?

I can't wait for the morn.

Ease my scared, tormented mind,

God bring an early dawn.

Then, sunlight breaks the darkness,

The saviour for my heart.

I made it through another night,

A brand new day to start.


I fill my time with interests

Like shopping, lunch with friends,

Watching movies, or TV,

Whatever the day lends.

I try to show a cheerful face,

To push my fears aside,

Concentrate on other things,

Not dread the coming night.

But all too soon the dusk descends,

The light it fades to dark.

that is when my fears return,

And loneliness looms stark.

© 2018 John Hansen


John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on September 01, 2018:

Thank you Joni, your visit and comment is much appreciated.

Joni Fletcher on September 01, 2018:

I really enjoyed this poem. Such great writing!!!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 28, 2018:

Thank you Shauna. She has been through lot and I can't pretend to know exactly how she feels but this is my interpretation. Time may heal eventually but it's not a quick process.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on June 28, 2018:

John, I feel for your friend. I'm sure this poem is exactly how she feels. Time will heal. In the meantime, she's got a supportive friend who understands. Maybe that will help alleviate some of her pain, fear, and sleepless nights.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 28, 2018:

Hi Ann. Yes, there has been some valuable advice in the comments here so I'll be sure she reads them. Thank you for reading too and your wonderful comment.

Ann Carr from SW England on June 28, 2018:

Personal tragedy can bring on terrible stress and fear. Dreams tend to reflect them and the early morning hours are usually the worst I think.

Great ideas from others here, as to how to cope.

I hope your friend pulls through with the help of friends like you around her.

Great poem, John.


John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 26, 2018:

Thank you MsDora. Loneliness and fear are hard to overcome but I am sure in time it will pass.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 26, 2018:

Dana, thank you for sharing your own experience. Yes, I am sure this hard time will eventually pass for my friend as well.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 26, 2018:

Hello Verlie, thank you for the kind comment. Actually, that is not a bad suggestion as my friend is a fellow writer.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on June 26, 2018:

Fear is a terrible thing. Your poem does justice to the ever present haunt throughout the day and night. Hope your friend finds her way through in a timely manner.

Dana Tate from LOS ANGELES on June 26, 2018:

Your friend is lucky to have a kind, considerate friend, such as you. Cute poem it reminds me of the time I couldn't sleep and when I did I would have horrible nightmares. I was going through a rough time but eventually it passed and it will for your friend as well. Blessings.

Verlie Burroughs from Canada on June 26, 2018:

John, you show such a kind heart with this empathetic write. Your friend is lucky to have you! I wonder if it would help her to write about it?

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 26, 2018:

Firstly, thank you,Frank. Secondly, I'm not arguing...light /dark, bravery/fear, happiness/sadness etc they all come hand in hand. Glad you enjoyed.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on June 26, 2018:

Jodah, first amazing poetry.. secondly.. and argue if you must.. but with light.. there must be darkness.. with bravery.. fear.. with cheer... dread... anyways your work is always absorbing..

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 26, 2018:

Thanks, Flourish. I will ask if she has tried to analyse her dreams.

FlourishAnyway from USA on June 26, 2018:

I find that analyzing dreams helps to get at the underlying waking issues. I hope she is able to get to the bottom of it.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 26, 2018:

Yes, whonu.....gotta watch out for those bumpy thing. Blessings to you.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 26, 2018:

Thank you, Linda. I hope she does too.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 26, 2018:

Eric, thanks for always reading my stuff. Much appreciated.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 26, 2018:

Yes, Bill, we seem to think too much when alone. Thanks for reading.

whonunuwho from United States on June 26, 2018:

Nicely done my friend. Things that go bump in the night have a whole new meaning here. Many blessings. whonu

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on June 25, 2018:

The darkest places are in our thoughts. You have done well in capturing that terror. I pray your friend finds peace.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on June 25, 2018:

Too familiar. Such a joy to read your works.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 25, 2018:

The worst times, for me, is when I'm alone. Then it's just me and my thoughts, and that rarely turns out well. lol Thanks for the journey into the darkness. Well done!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 25, 2018:

Thank you, Mary. Yes, your friend knows what loneliness is like only too well, as does mine.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 25, 2018:

Psychological terror is what I find the scariest, Chris. I was hoping the mention of the cuckoo clock fit in ok with the theme. Thanks for confirming it didn't detract.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on June 25, 2018:

What a lovely poem this is. We have a friend who also lost his wife and we only understood loneliness when he shared with us how it is like. Like your friend, he tries during the day but the moment he goes back to the empty house, it haunts him.

Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on June 25, 2018:

John, I like how you kept this purely psychological. It represents just the kind of terrifying nights your friend is experiencing. I like verse two where the whimsical, cuckoo, contrasts well with the following three lines. The whole poem is very well done.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 25, 2018:

Thank you for reading Louise, and the caring comment. Yes, I hope she does too.

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on June 25, 2018:

I'm sorry to hear about your friend. This is a lovely poem dedicated to her, and I hope she is able to find peace of mind.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 25, 2018:

Rinita, thank you for reading this poem . I can relate to having nightmares that your door was open and getting up to check. As my home was broken into recently and car stolen, we can't be too careful. Thanks for confirming that meditation helps.

Rinita Sen on June 25, 2018:

Oh, I have been there. I used to get these nightmares that my front door is open, and get out of bed twenty times to check the locks!!

I agree with Shaloo, a good kind of meditation certainly helps.

Thank you for writing this immensely meaningful poem.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 25, 2018:

Hi John Ray, I am glad you could relate to this. Yes, I think being able to pray would have been a big help.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 25, 2018:

Thank you for reading, Shaloo, and for your kind comment and advice. I will tell her to try meditation.

Ray from Philippines on June 25, 2018:

Great poem, Sir. It reminded me of some of the nightmares I had when I was a child. It was really terrifying. But every time I wake up from a bad dream, I always pray.

Shaloo Walia from India on June 25, 2018:

Beautifully depicted the fears of a troubled mind! Tell your friend to try meditation. It will help.

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