Daily Alarm

The sound of a scream has become my daily alarm clock followed by my skin crawling.  Bolt upright, I hear the echo in my room. Instead of the pounding flow of blood between my ears, this is yet another shift in my body chemistry.  Post traumatic sleep disorder? I look down and notice a strand of…

There was a sound

There was a sound that pulled me from under the heavy water of sleep. The breathing of my partner slow and regulated was not it. The undulating of her small body in the crib as she sighed, was not the sound. The living room sentinel breathes silently, in case of alarm he would stir, but…

She Jumped

She screamed in my ear and I jumped five pages toward consciousness. Something, something, something ran across my hip, over my thigh and jumped off my knee before I could stop it my crawling dream had woken me. The roar of reality rumbled as an image of squirming twisted thoughts tumbled over and over trapped in…

Being Up

I have to get out of bed even if my cell phone signal works best when I am prone on the bed There are things to be done today Moving...is a start Rolling over, next step Bending knees, moving hips Progress I may need another thirty minutes just to breathe in and out  

I woke up again

So I woke up in a nightmare sweat wondering where I was: on the wrong side of the bed. Where did I put the baby: asleep downstairs, all peaceful, like my nightmares never happen. What time is it: squint, squint harder...four am. What happened: sleep coma. Why did I have to have a chase nightmare…

I Woke Up

I woke up I heard something I felt something stronger than what I thought I heard. Don't doors slam in everyone's dreams? A door slammed in mine. The steel trap has sprung and the dreams (good or bad) can't get out So, why is my chest pounding so hard Pressing into the futon rhythmic pressure,…