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An Ode to Nightmares

August 16, 2018
By Summer_R_Quinn DIAMOND, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Summer_R_Quinn DIAMOND, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
72 articles 87 photos 198 comments

Favorite Quote:
If you chase two rabbits, you will lose them both.
- Native American proverb

Do not go gentle into that good night but rage, rage against the dying of the light.
- Dylan Thomas

What is past is past -- it is the present and the future that concern us.
- Hiawatha, founder of the Iroquois Confederacy


A dark memory that disturbs my sleep;

When I finally wake up, you make me want to weep;

Your cold, black tendrils wrap around my soul;

It’s no wonder you make me fear falling asleep.


I need something to pull me out of this hole;

Something to make me feel whole;

People tend to think this is some kind of joke;

But what would they think if they had to see their worst fears unfold?


Shrouded in mist and thick, black smoke;

Painful thoughts do you evoke;

You force me to relive unspeakable horrors;

On my own tears and screams do I choke.


But you will never win, not in one little way;

No longer will you make me wish it were day;

I’ve suffered your wrath for long enough;

Never again will I be your prey.



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on Nov. 15 2019 at 4:22 pm
Summer_R_Quinn DIAMOND, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
72 articles 87 photos 198 comments

Favorite Quote:
If you chase two rabbits, you will lose them both.
- Native American proverb

Do not go gentle into that good night but rage, rage against the dying of the light.
- Dylan Thomas

What is past is past -- it is the present and the future that concern us.
- Hiawatha, founder of the Iroquois Confederacy

@SergeantSteel82 Thank you! I'm sorry to hear you used to have nightmares, those are never fun.

on Nov. 14 2019 at 9:21 am
SergeantSteel82 SILVER, Fort Wayne, Indiana
9 articles 0 photos 49 comments

Favorite Quote:
one of the greatest tragedies of our time is this impression that has been created that science and religion have to be at war.
-Francis Collins

Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.
-1 Timothy 4:12, NIV Bible For Teen Guys

I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
-Voltaire

This article hits me close to home, I used to have nightmares like this a lot, this should be in the magazine.

on Sep. 8 2018 at 8:23 pm
Summer_R_Quinn DIAMOND, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
72 articles 87 photos 198 comments

Favorite Quote:
If you chase two rabbits, you will lose them both.
- Native American proverb

Do not go gentle into that good night but rage, rage against the dying of the light.
- Dylan Thomas

What is past is past -- it is the present and the future that concern us.
- Hiawatha, founder of the Iroquois Confederacy

@Paigegre6757 Thank you for your comment!

on Sep. 7 2018 at 3:08 pm
wandererinthemist SILVER, Aurora, Illinois
8 articles 0 photos 16 comments

Favorite Quote:
It does not do to dwell on dreams, and forget to live.
- Albus Dumbledore

This is really amazing. It hits home for me. Thank you for sharing this.

on Aug. 27 2018 at 12:37 pm
Summer_R_Quinn DIAMOND, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
72 articles 87 photos 198 comments

Favorite Quote:
If you chase two rabbits, you will lose them both.
- Native American proverb

Do not go gentle into that good night but rage, rage against the dying of the light.
- Dylan Thomas

What is past is past -- it is the present and the future that concern us.
- Hiawatha, founder of the Iroquois Confederacy

@Bagel04 Thank you, Angel!

Bagel04 GOLD said...
on Aug. 27 2018 at 11:19 am
Bagel04 GOLD, Kingsville, Texas
13 articles 0 photos 43 comments

Favorite Quote:
" Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none" ~ William Shakespeare
" To be, or not to be: that is the question..." ~ William Shakespeare

This poem reminds me of my own nightmares. XD Great work!

on Aug. 26 2018 at 4:20 pm
Summer_R_Quinn DIAMOND, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
72 articles 87 photos 198 comments

Favorite Quote:
If you chase two rabbits, you will lose them both.
- Native American proverb

Do not go gentle into that good night but rage, rage against the dying of the light.
- Dylan Thomas

What is past is past -- it is the present and the future that concern us.
- Hiawatha, founder of the Iroquois Confederacy

@WolfWhisperer0911 Haha, thanks Wolf! I really appreciate the comment.

on Aug. 26 2018 at 4:18 pm
WolfWhisperer0911, Crosby, Texas
0 articles 0 photos 643 comments

Favorite Quote:
"For I command you, be brave and steadfast! For the Lord your God will be with you whenever you go."
-Joshua 1:9

"Throw me to the wolves, and I'll return leading the pack."- Unknown

"Never moon a werewolf." -Mike Binder

@Summer_R_Quinn HOW THE LIVING HECK THIS DIDN'T GET A EDITOR'S CHECK?


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