Sleeping with fear

Sleeping with fear

A Poem by Joseph Cooper

Nighttime friend


I went to sleep last night

Shrouded in darkness

Ensconced from all light


I thought myself safe from fear

In a bed so warm

But that warmth would soon sear


As I slipped further from conscious thought

The darkness beckoning me on

The evil had found what it sought


With a start I opened my eyes

And saw before me fear

Not relegated to shape or size


It stared at me as I tried to elude its grasp

My legs caught in its gaze

My body pierced by an asp


An eternity passed before my mind

Trapped with impending death

The joy of corporeal cessation never to find


Then fear ended its mental attack

I felt I might be free

But he was only waiting to come back


The next night he would come again

I would be forced to stare

Him and his darkness, now my only friend.

© 2014 Joseph Cooper

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Added on January 13, 2014
Last Updated on January 13, 2014
Tags: sleep, sleep paralysis, fear, suicide, loss, darkness, light and dark


Joseph Cooper
Joseph Cooper


I am a strange person, both in love with his emotions, and furious at them. I feel that sadness is the well from which all writers draw inspiration, and that trying to draw from any other well just co.. more..