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By Christina Rausch


Calm cool silence wrapped around my being.

Inhale; exhale.

Slow deep breaths of oxygen enter and leave.

Eyelids serve as miniature screens,

Flashing memories while depicting scenes.


Tortuous, black horror encasing the subliminal mind.

Inhale; exhale.

Quick, shallow gasps of oxygen enter and leave.

Lips convey a terror of screams,

Whispering fright and gruesome dreams.


Midnight dark shadows swirl the sheets.

Inhale; exhale.

Empty lost yawns of oxygen enter and leave.

The dark night captivates me,

Nightmares take over completely.

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