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a frightened animal wail

rouses me to consciousness

and through its captive anguish

my heart quickens with concern

that I'm unable to help

outside a dimension where

the séance of sleep gives life

to some long dead memory--

an ectoplasm conjured

up from the darkness rounded

corners of a room that vies

with imagination for

solidarity-- until

I gently nudge her awake

 

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her frightened animal wail

rouses me to consciousness

and through its captive anguish

my heart quickens with concern

that I'm unable to help

outside a dimension where

the séance of sleep gives life

to some long dead memory--

an ectoplasm of fear

risen from darkness rounded

corners of the room that vies

with natures sanctuary

for a re-incarnation--

I gently nudge her awake

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The title drew me in on this one, a time when most people are asleep except for those who are haunted and those who do the haunting. And then there are animals, and the wind, and other night sounds. I think it's a lonely time and am relieved that the speaker has someone whom to nudge awake.

 

Tony

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Thanks Tony. My wife's occasional vivid nightmares have a profound effect on this simple loving soul. The nudge... to release her (and me) from terrible audible torment. :smile: G.

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Hi, Geoff. This emotional experience is all too familiar to me, except it's me moaning and thrashing about, disturbing the night. After so many years, and a lessening of sleep torture, all my wife has to do is touch my shoulder to bring me back to the present. What a perfect description is "darkness rounded corners of the room."

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