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Poetry from the 3:15 Experiment 2010: August 2 Night Terror

September 13, 2010


Poetry from the 3:15 Experiment
August 2, 2010 home

The night terror tonight
took the shape of my husband
& hid under the bed

until he died a dramatic death
his arm up & reaching frantically
as if drowning & counting down

with my head on his chest
I pondered which was real
what was real

perhaps this was the evil one
& the good twin had gone down
like a sinking ship?

how did I know the feet
rubbing mine were truly
doing so with love?

I didn’t know I decide
I didn’t really know anything
except I needed to go back to sleep.

Gimme five! From Work in Progress: Burning Man 2010 Top photo detail of Bliss Dance by Marco Cochrane originally uploaded and taken by Michael Holden

I’ve participated in the 3:15 Experiment since 2001. As a participant, I get up every night I can at 3:15am to write. Hundreds of poets all over the world this year did the same; many of them are now transcribing their nightly scribbles and will then post on the site.

Most Mondays since I started blogging November 2007 I post poetry here. For more poetry, catch a ride on the Monday Poetry Train.

Middle photo of Bliss Dance by Wade Scribner, a Burner from Portland who shares my birthday!

Bottom photo credit of “Bliss Dance” Burning Man 2010 by Marco Cochrane to: Margaret Lambert. Margaret and I attended junior high and high school together!

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