A few notes: The part about the streets turning to water and the drowning actually came from one of my dreams. As a child and a good part of my early adulthood I was plagued by nightmares.
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Where Lullabies Die
The Shepard's Dream ~ Henry Fuseli ~ 1793
Deep behind the eyelid crawl
where lullabies die monsters
feed on the sandman’s throat.
There’s no longer a who,
a scratch or a boo, terror
doesn’t play a child’s hide and seek.
Cement streets turn to water
pulling at feet…The drowning
drink likes the taste of breath.
Melinoe knows where sunlight lives
and eats escape with dandelion thumbs
so madness can impeach reality.
Wake up, wake up wherever you are.
This is no longer that...Here is not there.
What you were is peeled from what you’ve become.
©Susie Clevenger 2016
Melinoe is a Greek goddess who brings nightmares and madness.