sleepwalker s

vibrating wind–
harsh, unending,
bringing news of winter
under dusky grey,
a barrier
closing the sky

tree bones rattle
with last leaves–
night is everywhere,
with howling vision
the sanctity of sleep

retreat is impossible,
surrounded by chanting
and invisible hands–
the edge of a nightmare
on the threshold

ghostlike it journeys,
knocking on each door,
finding the cracks
in each soul,
sundering the barricades
of every defense

no prayer
or good luck charm
repels the chosen path
of this bleak revenant–
its faceless form
looms like a black tide

its cacophony rises,
too many voices calling
to distinguish the words–
what does it seek
from the fabric of the living,
now torn to shreds?

unweaving the center,
rearranging the remains–
songs of lamentation
shatter the circle,
extinguish all illusion
of rescue or escape

sleepwalker close up s

Jane Dougherty has posted 3 of her poetic responses to the Ekphrastic Review challenge that featured a painting of a town, “Noe Valley”, by Matthew Rackham Barnes.  I too found the image creepy (and I wonder if that was the artist’s intent–I actually think probably not).  My poem wasn’t chosen either, but I’ve done a collage inspired by the painting and here it is with the poem.

You can see Jane’s posts here, here, and here.

13 thoughts on “sleepwalker

  1. Lost my comment somewhere along the way. Maybe it’s following the ghost along the street.
    This is a real blockbuster poem! Like a condensed ghost story. I agree about the painting’s creepiness even if we’re in the minority.

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  2. Oh wow! This is wonderful–and creepy–even more so than the painting. And your collage is unsettling, too.
    And yes, if you have a chance to do my dVerse prompt. Jane and I are eager to see what you come up with. 🙂

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    1. thanks Merril.
      No pressure right? It’s a good prompt and I will get to it, but I’m not sure if it will happen tomorrow. As always, I’m not sure what my obligations are because things may or may not actually happen, and I’m also already behind on what I was supposed to get done today…(you know all about that)…I will do my best.

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