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,
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.
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.