Mythopoesis 19 – Sanguinary Nightmare

NaPoWriMo Day 19 For Sunday Whirligig #3

Blossom In Moonlight Pen & Ink Drawing w/ Digital Background by Elizabeth Crawford

Blossom In Moonlight
Pen & Ink Drawing w/ Digital Background
Elizabeth Crawford

Sanguinary Nightmare

That night he dreamed, seemingly
endless, but steady stream of skewed
images, blurred with a furred crimson
mist at their edges.

Unhappy people caught in a cage,
pulled by their own insatiable hungers
for more of whatever they thought
they needed. Not even momentary
care given to others, or harm unleashed
on world around them. Seeking only
an unattainable bliss in self- created
guesthouse of unimaginable horrors.

Finally, fully awake, he found delicate
flower, blooming on ground beside him.
Soft petals unfolding in moonlight’s
reflections. Immediately understood
that the dream was an unraveling
of meaning behind myth he had
so recently heard.

Elizabeth Crawford 4/19/15

Notes: Forgot to get the Whirligig words until last night, and was stumped by the words themselves, at first sight of them. Wrote them down and slept with the list next to my pillow. Awoke with the title and first line drifting through my thoughts. It is an extension of the piece I wrote the day before. Happily managed to use all of the words, in one form or another. The image is a pen and ink drawing rescued from my media library, here on site.

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17 Responses to Mythopoesis 19 – Sanguinary Nightmare

  1. Sumana Roy says:

    “Seeking only an / unattainable bliss in self- / created guesthouse / of unimaginable horrors. nightmare is definitely made of this….


  2. kaykuala h says:

    A dream can be an insight into some sub-conscious feel not easily ascertained. It may be revealing in rare occasions though not clearly of the particular episode! Nicely Elizabeth!



  3. The dreams are not always the paved road leading into daylight.. It could be a difficult one through thickets and bramble also.


  4. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    Beautiful poem… reflecting the many responses people have towards dreams.. 😀
    Loved it! Have a great week ahead 😀


  5. love the first part of second verse.. it hits where it should.


  6. Mary says:

    Unhappy people caught in a cage…applies to a lot of people in this day and age. And often the cage is their own making.


  7. The lines that really struck me – “Seeking only an unattainable bliss in self- created
    guesthouse of unimaginable horrors”. Wow. I love the closing stanza…….the softness of the flowers, the hope in the new bloom..


  8. julespaige says:

    It is so nice to wake from nightmares with some comfort. I like that you added that.
    Hope all is well with you and yours. I’ve been a tad busy with my grands, and family.
    The only constant, being change 🙂

    I went in a different direction with the words and an added prompt:
    Computing Data


  9. C.C. says:

    The second stanza could easily be quite an apt indictment on society today, I think!


  10. I love how this nightmare ended…


  11. 1sojournal says:

    Again, my apologies. Am still without a computer and using my daughter’s so can’t reply to your comments or your creations. Am sincerely grateful for your responses and thank you much for visiting and leaving comments.This piece is linked to my post from yesterday, as all of my posts through April have been. To CC…you nailed it, not just for today, but for the myth that ends yesterday’s post and is mentioned here.



  12. totomai says:

    Everyday one can encounters unhappy and selfish people. The best way is to show happiness and care. Thought provoking entry Elizabeth


  13. Jae Rose says:

    Oh to awake to to flowers and soft petals at our feet…


  14. Are you telepathic, Elizabeth? Your first two stanzas described my night last night. I’ve been disoriented and woozy all day, but managed to cobble together a poem with the words. Yours is terrific.


  15. humbird says:

    Wow, Elizabeth, this is really successful creative process! Thank you for the notes, love the deep pondering about people who ‘caught in the cages pulled by their own insatiable hungers’ and happy that finally he found the flower….~ the art just perfection! Love x


  16. glmeisner says:

    An interesting dream to walk through. Glad its not mine.


  17. magicalmysticalteacher says:

    How I wish my own dreams were so easily understood!


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