Bashing Nightmares Really Awfully

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Snake in Tree ‘An Antidote to Nightmares’ is the Pooky’s Poems prompt for today.  Yet again, it immediately sparked a childhood memory:

My dreams don’t much in memory stay –
As writer, I have mine all day! –
But one I can’t forget:
Old farmhouse: tall trees all round,
And in each tree huge snakes abound,
All on destruction set.

I fled in through the kitchen door,
Pursuing snakes came by the score,
I was quite terrified;
The mass of snakes still closer grew,
And though I’d slammed the door, I knew,
One seemed to be inside. 

Then, suddenly, I said, ‘How dare
They do this!’ and I grabbed a chair,
And bashed it on the head,
Then rushed outside, and left and right
I swung my chair; they fled in fright –
The one inside was dead. 

And from that time, when nightmares leer,
Or any other cause for fear
I’ve found that I have had,
I just recall that childhood dream
And how it made its message seem:
Don’t panic,  just get mad!

© Colonialist May 2014 (WordPress)

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Active septic geranium who plays with words writing fantasy novels and professionally editing, with notes writing classical music, and with riding a mountain bike, horses and dinghies.
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44 Responses to Bashing Nightmares Really Awfully

  1. gpcox says:

    No thanks, to me snakes are the worst nightmare. I live here in So. Fla. where the boas are totally out of control, non-native pygmy rattlers have been introduced besides all our regular coral, rattlers, water-moccasins, etc, etc!!


  2. love it! great rhythm you snake slayer you 😀


  3. Lucky to almost never dream, let alone nightmare. 🙂


  4. disperser says:

    Being your dream, the scales were in your favor . . .


  5. bluebee says:

    Have you checked out the supposed meaning of snakes in dreams? 😳


  6. Great poem, Col. I have touched a few snakes and even had a python around my shoulders a couple of times, but I’d panic if I came upon one unawares. It has to be in a controlled situation with the seasoned handlers close by.


  7. misswhiplash says:

    when I used to go to church, which I don’t do anymore…I can remember one thing that has always stuck in my mind…..when you are fearful or afraid.
    Fear knocked at the door.
    Faith opened it…
    There was no one there


  8. nrhatch says:

    Dreaming of snakes equals a nightmare indeed
    Especially if a visit to the loo I need

    When the floor is covered with reptiles writhing
    That I desire to awake is not surprising


    • colonialist says:

      I remember leaving our primitive outside toilet at The Heads rather hastily, without pants, when I spied a particularly large boomslang leering down at me from the rafters.


  9. Grannymar says:

    The only snakes we have in Ireland, are in the zoos or politics! I am not a fan of either kind.


    • colonialist says:

      Although the Ice Age did for them originally, the boom seems to have resulted in a lot of imported versions starting to roam free – probably more than realised, because snakes are good at lying low! *snigger*


  10. melouisef says:

    You did not take that photo? 🙂


  11. Anthony says:

    I hate snakes!!! That is one ugly F..en snake….


  12. bulldog says:

    Love the last line…


  13. The Asian says:

    Snakes give me the heebie-jeebies


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