Nightmare Beast

The nightmare
embraces her regularly,
a lover she does not want,
nor does she ever want the
beast of the dream
to catch her:
its thrashing
in the forest
is so loud
she can hardly hear
the heaving of her breath
as she runs/stumbles/careens
around trees,
always hoping
to find a safe place,
but the only thing seen
are the beast’s
glowing green eyes
when she glances back
which makes her
speed up in the
retreat into darkness.

copyright © 2021 Dave Williams

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