Post Traumatic Dream Disorder

Post Traumatic Dream Disorder

A Poem by Marina

Last night he had a feverish dream
He was swimming in a sea of red 
Screams hovering above him like distorted seagulls
Bodies floating on the water around him
Slimy green and white
The sky was orange like it was on fire.
He was panting, his eyes bulging from their sockets
He was in agony, but he couldn't speak
He wasn't allowed to
He was never allowed to
The bodies were moving closer 
His sweat was running down like acid rain
His fists clenched
He couldn't scream
Or he would be heard 
He would be seen
He had to endure it all
The bodies, the smell, the disfigurement 
The screams of death
He had to
A plane flew over him
So loud SO LOUD
and the rifles BANGING
His ears started bleeding
His nose 
His eyes shrieked in horror
If that was even possible-
His body twitched
He was trying to wake up but the bodies had gotten hold of him
He would die in that dream
He couldn't let go 
They wouldn't let go 
A loud yell and his heart was racing
His eyes opened fearing what they'd see
It was dark but for the sunlight piercing the curtains
A beautiful contrast
Like his loud laughter and quiet sobbing.

© 2020 Marina


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Our masters send these men out to do their dirty deeds but don't reap the consequences themselves. War doesn't end for many when the peace is signed but can rerun for a lifetime in the nightmares of these poor guys. You've described it well Marina.
All the best
Alan

Posted 1 Month Ago


One of my favorite writers, Salinger. He and another soldier covered themselves with dead U.S soldiers to hide from the Germans near, in WW2. The poem made me think of Salinger. The nightmares, he must of kept. Powerful and demanding words made the reader believe. Thank you Marina for sharing the outstanding poetry.
Coyote

Posted 1 Month Ago


This graphic description of horror sounds very much like what a traumatized war veteran might dream. It made me think of the sinking of the cruiser Indianapolis in 1945.

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Marina

2 Months Ago

Thanks,I'm glad it came out so "alive".
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Very deep this one.
Had images of being alive under dead bodies.
Even the holocaust comes to mind.
Mind you, my dreams are all meat-related at the moment.

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Marina

2 Months Ago

I'm waitng for something new of yours to show that meat hungy side.
Paul Bell

2 Months Ago

Just killed the butcher for shutting early.
Marina

2 Months Ago

Hope you have a backup butcher...

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