Night Terrors

Daniel McClendon

“But I will sing of your might;
     I will sing aloud of your
        steadfast love in the morning.
  For you have been a fortress for me
     and a refuge in the day of my distress.
  O my strength, I will sing praises to you,
     for you, O God, are my fortress,
        the God who shows me
           steadfast love.” ~ Psalm 59:16-17

Each night
the dogs return
as if they smell my sleep
my sheets damp
with sweat

Wild dogs
once domesticated
turned feral after neglect
reclaimed retrained
haunt me

They growl
with my own growl
nip at my heels as I snap
at strangers in words
sans mercy

Each night
the dogs await me
just behind sleep’s portal
they catch me just
as I wake

About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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One Response to Night Terrors

  1. I understand the experience very well

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