The Night Mares, by pd lyons


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THE NIGHT MARES

Restless

In a still night

No moon softening

Sharp stars

No cloud drapery.

Against this midnight

The night mares move

Sharing colour with the darkness.

What cannot find them is found by them,

There are no ways secret:

Spiraling stars leave every sky familiar,

Foraging herds by trails of green weeds

Breach every underwater sanctuary.

The night mares

Sleep standing up;

Contain any stallion,

Give birth in the middle of any weather,

Can knock bones, eyes, or internal organs out of any creature.

Simply by their passing

Men have been sucked breathless.

The night mares

Know where dragons come from,

And who, mothered by seas and singing desert sands,

The twin birthed are.

In languages that the thunder knows,

They answer one another.

Navigating easily unbridled,

No boundary deludes them.

Yielding, the only response they know.

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this first appeared in print in Searches For Magic by…

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  • Edward-David Ruiz  On August 7, 2016 at 2:41 am

    Thought you’d segue from “night mares” to “nightmares,” but that would have been too, too predictable, don’t you agree? Thanks again for sharing. Scott’s getting much better, thanks to all the therapy he’s been undergoing. On a quiet a Sunday morning to you yonder, God bless. e/s

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