Slumber

Slumber
Nightmares trapped within my mind
Slumber

by John Hansen © 2016

As sleep creeps up so stealthily

At first, I’m not aware.

Blinking eyes, a nodding head,

Slight slumping in my chair.

 

Trying valiantly to stay awake

I attempt to fight it off,

But slumber’s a persistent thing

And knows that I am soft.

 

Its determined efforts won’t let up,

All struggles are in vain,

This adversary won’t give up,

My fight begins to wane.

 

My tired eyes flutter, then they close

And fog enshrouds my mind.

Reluctantly I accept defeat,

Leave the waking world behind.

 

I lie there still, in quiet repose,

My fight’s been fought and lost.

Scattered dreams they come and go,

Night Terrors
My adversary gains control

But what’s the final cost?

 

I stir at times, my eyelids twitch,

As horrors take control,

Attacking me within my dreams,

As they try to steal my soul.

 

Those nightmares trapped with my mind

Were just waiting to be freed,

That’s why I fear the world of sleep

As the terrors come to feed.

 

Dreams and Nightmares

I have read that the accomplished author Stephen King’s ideas for his novels mostly come to him in dreams. Having read many of his books I’d say that they must have been nightmares. But whether dreams or nightmares, what a wonderful largely untapped minefield of stories is there for authors if we could just all remember these and write them down before the memory fades.

John Hansen

Longtime poet but not in the traditional technical sense. I enjoy rhyme but like to experiment and dabble in many different forms and maybe even make up some of my own. There is always a message or lesson I want to promote through my writing, for that reason, my poetry generally shies away from the abstract and obscure.

After a lot of procrastinating I have finally self-published my first eBooks of poetry "I Laughed a Smile" and "On the Wings of Eagles" at Lulu.com.Now I find myself branching out and experimenting with short fiction.

I have also been fortunate to have two poems chosen to be made into songs and recorded. The first "On the Road to Kingdom Come" by Al Wordlaw, and the second, "If I Could Write a Love Poem" by award-winning Israeli/British singer Tally Koren.

I am also finding my services increasingly in demand as a freelance writer and I have ghost-written the text for a number of children's books and educational tutorials.

It has taken me many years of searching and restlessness to realise that my life's passion is to write. It saddens me that I wasted so many years not devoting to that, but thinking positively, the experiences gained over those years is now wonderful material for my stories and poems.

I want to try to bring a new focus on poetry and try to make it appealing to a new generation of young people and those who thought they never liked or understood it before.

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John Hansen

Longtime poet but not in the traditional technical sense. I enjoy rhyme but like to experiment and dabble in many different forms and maybe even make up some of my own. There is always a message or lesson I want to promote through my writing, for that reason, my poetry generally shies away from the abstract and obscure. After a lot of procrastinating I have finally self-published my first eBooks of poetry "I Laughed a Smile" and "On the Wings of Eagles" at Lulu.com. Now I find myself branching out and experimenting with short fiction. I have also been fortunate to have two poems chosen to be made into songs and recorded. The first "On the Road to Kingdom Come" by Al Wordlaw, and the second, "If I Could Write a Love Poem" by award-winning Israeli/British singer Tally Koren. I am also finding my services increasingly in demand as a freelance writer and I have ghost-written the text for a number of children's books and educational tutorials. It has taken me many years of searching and restlessness to realise that my life's passion is to write. It saddens me that I wasted so many years not devoting to that, but thinking positively, the experiences gained over those years is now wonderful material for my stories and poems. I want to try to bring a new focus on poetry and try to make it appealing to a new generation of young people and those who thought they never liked or understood it before.

14 thoughts on “Slumber

  • July 16, 2016 at 5:38 PM
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    I love this poem, John. You drew me right along, fighting the battle to not slumber then slipping into dreams. Very well expressed. I agree with you about tapping the minefield of our dreams for poetry and stories. A lot of my writing comes from my dreams. When a writer can pull the reader right into the experience, feel the mind and body change to become part of the poem, that is the work of a master – and you do achieve that. Well done.

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  • July 16, 2016 at 5:49 PM
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    Thank you for the encouraging comment, Phyllis. It’s great that you can tap into your dreams for subjects to write about. I used to remember a lot of my dreams and write them down as soon as I woke…lately not so much. I appreciate your kind words.

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  • July 16, 2016 at 6:20 PM
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    Great surprise in this one John. I thought you were just going to be talking about how we older folks can’t stay awake! lol Love surprises, good job!

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    • July 16, 2016 at 9:16 PM
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      I always like to give my readers a little surprise if possible, Jackie. Glad you enjoyed this.

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  • July 16, 2016 at 6:32 PM
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    Love it. I always fall asleep when I put in a DVD. Once I even fell asleep during an action flick at the movie theater with dolby surround sound. What a waste of Ten bucks. Clever and fun poem.

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    • July 16, 2016 at 9:19 PM
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      Thanks, Lori. I can sure relate to falling asleep watching movies. I remember one particular movie I wanted to watch.. but I fell asleep. Hired the DVD to watch again, and went to sleep in exactly the same spot again.

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  • July 16, 2016 at 7:05 PM
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    I’m right there with you, John. But I probably don’t have the fight you do. I’m ready to just bring it on. What a nice piece to read before bed.

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    • July 16, 2016 at 9:22 PM
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      Thanks for reading, William. This is mostly hypothetical, though I do fall asleep easily.. I don’t have trouble with nightmares.

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  • July 16, 2016 at 8:47 PM
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    Nicely penned John, and the rhyming scheme pumping it along as sleep turns to nightmares. Love the pic too. Great work

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  • July 17, 2016 at 9:39 PM
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    Outstanding! I just hate that when I know slumber will bring horrors. thank God it normally is not the case.

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  • July 18, 2016 at 1:15 AM
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    Thank you Eric. I rarely have to worry about it either, but I know people who do.

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