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Love & Terror at 3:15am: 8/4/08

November 3, 2008

The night terrors are small
but angry
these days
a long legged dinosaur a T Rex
on stilts weaving a bat
flying a kite
a very long legged menace
in navy blue w/a
white blouse & dark hair
cut in a page boy—
that was just him
there was another one tho
but I don’t remember it—
maybe a stegosaurus?
but hard on the heels
of a myclonic jerk—
a big black spider zooms down
boom lands in front of my nose
races off
it said something to me
I don’t remember what
that it talked
made me realize 2 things
one it wasn’t real & 2
fake spiders don’t talk
there was something else
insightful mindblowing
I was sure to remember
But can’t

This is my eighth year participating in the 3:15 Experiment. where poets from all over the world wake at 3:15am every night in August to write then post their unedited works at the 3:15 website. Danika DInsmore and Bernadette Mayer started the experiment in 1993.

You can find more of my 3:15 poems at the 3:15 Experiment website or on my poetry page.

Or click on past Mondays in my archives–I’ve posted  a poem almost every Monday since I started this blog a year ago!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. November 3, 2008 11:48 pm

    I like these 3:15 am poems. This is one has thet child’s nightmare feel, a tumble of related images, cohesion through tone that makes it effective and intriguing.

  2. November 4, 2008 6:21 pm

    thanks, Paul

    they can be rather odd… and because i wrote about it at 315am that night, i have a memory of it where as typically with night terrors you don’t remember them at all–it is so hard to hang on to the details. since i wrote about it, i can still see them a bit

  3. November 5, 2008 12:44 am

    That 3:15 experiment sounds so cool and I might just try it next year.

    Love your poem! It definitely IS like a dream and you captured that feel so well!

  4. November 5, 2008 3:08 am

    Linda, I hope you will join us next year! (I’ll come round and remind you!)

  5. November 7, 2008 11:28 am

    I like your 3:15 poems. So interesting..

    And welcome to MPTV!

    Sylvia Plath

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