Friday, October 24, 2014

The Nightmares Have Begun II

This morning it had me again,
The cancerous vision of dates,
Ranks, marks, counseling.
Spreading like rumours into my soul.
These visions, they devour me,
Like guilt, like carnal desire.
I am afraid now to go to sleep,
Lest, watching like a hired assassin,
These dreams jump out from the alleys
Those which I have kept shut,
Like a neighbourhood abandoned during a plague,
Or a ship quarantined at the harbor.
But they will appear, these dreams,
Who lie waiting,
Like old age,
Like death,
Certain to greet me
With an embrace.

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