Daily Prompt – Nightmares – Flash Fiction / Short Story / Poem – “The Ghost of Poe”

*Update 31/10/2013 – I’m linking this back to Hastywords and her Halloween post (http://hastywords.wordpress.com/2013/10/31/halloween-prompt/). Happy Halloween folks and enjoy the piece – it is a timeless classic and scary to boot!*

Daily Prompt – Nightmares
by Michelle W. on February 19, 2013

“Describe the last nightmare you remember having. What do you think it meant?”

Howdy guys and gals.

I’ve decided to tackle this prompt by writing a piece in honour of the late, great Edgar Allan Poe on the advice of a friend (Many thanks Linda!) and since Edgar’s wonderful prose is very poetic, I though I would also produce a story based poem.

Enjoy the piece.

Source:- Wikipedia


The Ghost of Poe (by David Ellis)

Sitting yonder by the window frame, as I deeply ponder
Sleepless nights and of dreamscapes which I cannot wake
The darkness beckons me, a thick, black tar filled sea
Where forgotten realms, wispy, smoky, take lucid shape

Quicksand would be quick but this is far, far from it
Smothering, enveloping me in a vintage, accursed breath
Fighting foolishly, a ghastly, exasperating abomination
Fear, frustration and devastation strewn across my bed

Chasing danger and desire through an endless forest
Stared at by aggressive animals casting evil shadows
Snow swirling in a storm stripping me of direction
I have no choice but to soldier on and keep on going

Making sense of this peculiar nonsense slowly at first
Each piece of the puzzle falling delicately into place
Then wolves! They howl in sonorous rhythm together as one
Aching to jump my bones and make me their helpless victim

Through fevered illusions, I see you, tasting the blood of our love
A hazy malaise, I swallow, half-crazed, until I’ve eaten far too much
Snakes, rats and monsters then take turns invading my consciousness
Clamouring for attention, screaming at the top of their voices

Speaking in tongues, a myriad of guttural, quizzical languages
Pointing their paws and claws as fingers, accusatory glances
Then you pounce, a scolding ice queen banishing them away
Before turning your misguided wrath and ire, directing it at me

You murdered innocence for the sake of your own convenience
Slaked your own lust at the expense of another’s feelings
So now it’s inside the walls of my mind where you will reside
Brick by painful brick, I’ve blocked you off and left you to die

At times I wonder, sitting despondently, if I have been possessed
Does the Ghost of Poe and his visions reside within my reluctant chest?
Will I ever shake off the shackles of this nightmarish experience?
Will I ever be able to yearn, to burn, to find true love again?

Or will I sink without a trace, deep into this darkness?
I would ask a raven or a cat but they would not answer back
But I now have faith in love, it’s not the nightmare it once was
Finding solace in prose and comfort in elegant, gorgeous words

So I’ll use them to create worlds and make ours a better place
Banishing the pain and suffering that you helped to create
The Ghost of Poe has taught me that I really should let go
And with it my nightmares will pale and no longer haunt me so
Forever more

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11 thoughts on “Daily Prompt – Nightmares – Flash Fiction / Short Story / Poem – “The Ghost of Poe”

    • Thank you for the nice comment, very kind of you and very much appreciated. He is such an inspiration, particularly since all he wanted to do was write for a living, which unfortunately most of us can ill afford in these financial climates! Still, I can dream until I make it happen one day soon.

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