Nightmare of the Smile and Fence

September 7, 2012
Inside the jumbled mess I see
A pair of eyes black back at me
I think I’m dreaming in my sleep
Because I see in monochromacy
I thought I saw a smile
Or maybe nothing all the while
But as a die is three or six
It could have been a frown of vile
A turning of my view
Doesn’t change my color hue
Doesn’t change my black or white
Just a change from hope to blue
Landing on the home defense
My eye detects a picket fence
It’s shadow creeps and comes
My heart fills with this suspense
It turns into a crooked grin
The one of old there again
My dream plays a song
Eerily played by violin
I scream, pull, and shake
I hold my head because the ache
Nightmares never hurt a soul
And then I realize, I’m wide awake

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JRueben This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 15, 2012 at 10:04 pm
Thanks! This is one of my favorites I've done.
fingeringAlTeRnAtiVes said...
Sept. 19, 2012 at 5:47 pm
Wow. Very good. The ending is impactful: "Nightmares never hurt a soul And then I realize, I'm wide awake." i like it :)
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