bad dreams

bad dreams change

as a child, the unknown

monsters, things that go

bump in the night

your mind inventing,

creating to terrorize

your unlikely fears


as an adult, the known

the real sensations

everyday life seeping 

into the unconscious

an uncomfortable exchange

or difficult conversation

preempted by the mind


violently awake

suddenly aware

how your deepest fears

may change with age

and yet they come, still

to haunt your dreams


Photo by Arthur Savary on Unsplash


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