Nightmare Fuel


Why does it hurt

to close my eyes?

Why does my mind

come out with knives?

Why to the needles

still stick in my skin?

Why does it have

to hurt again?

They say our brains

don’t remember pain.

No memories of broken bones,

of muscles torn, or sprained.

But the mind

remembers fear,

and grief, and guilt,

and losses,

so clear.

Brings back trauma,

that feels real,

and sincere.

At night when we’re alone

it creeps up in our bones

and whispers of things

we thought we left behind.

Thank God,

it isn’t every night.

Just often enough

to keep it in mind.


are great reminders

to keep trying to live life

in the light.



DJR – 2023

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