I’ll Sleep No More

One moonless night
startled awake
I saw a sight
that made me shake
For standing there
in some light’s glare
was me at three

To my chagrin
my shocked surprise
was mirrored in
his/my young eyes
as suddenly
a memory
flooded my head

This omen sent
filled me with dread
I knew it meant
I'd soon be dead
My will did crack
and I fell back
to wait my fate

For as a child
I had a dream
that was so wild
I had to scream
A man, like me
I did then see
was dead in bed

A murdered man
Stabbed through the heart
And I knew then
who played that part
This room well met
that nightmare’s set
in my mind’s eye

Hold on, I thought
I’m still alive
Had I forgot
I would survive
But three year me
cried out loudly
and said “He’s dead!”

Next morn I woke
grasping at life
Feeling reborn
Then saw the knife
plunged through a note
where someone wrote
“Dreams Do Come True”

(C) Stephen W. Buchanan 2019

A Real Neat Blog

My blog’s Real Neat!
In someone’s view
it is a treat!
So who chose to
award this space?
It’s Taylor Grace
that’s due Thank You!

(C) Stephen W. Buchanan 2019

I’m still too new to blogging to understand what it means to be nominated for an award, but it feels very nice! Thank you Taylor Grace of the Broken Inside of Me blog for nominating me for The Real Neat Blog Award! Please go read her blog and enjoy the interesting, challenging and fun thoughts, stories and poems she posts.

Awards seem to come with rules, at least this one did, so let’s get to them:

The Rules:

  1. Display the Award Logo – Complete
  2. Thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link to their blog – Complete
  3. Answer the questions of the one who nominated you – Complete – See Below
  4. Nominate 7-10 bloggers – Complete – See Below
  5. Ask them seven questions – Complete – See Below

The Questions I have been provided for answering as This or That?

  1. Ice cream or Yogurt – Ice cream. But Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia FroYo is what I get for home to try and be a little more healthy.
  2. Desktop or Laptop For Writing – Laptop, though my phone is my first choice since it is handy more often when I have an idea or time.
  3. Rock or Country Music – Rock, of the alternative variety.
  4. Sunrise or Sunset – Sunset, because sunrise, though pretty, is usually too early.
  5. Traditional or Self Published – It’s hard to tell them apart these days, and I’ll read whichever one an author I like chooses to use. If I ever decide I want to publish, which right now isn’t something I ever plan on entertaining, it would probably be Self Published.
  6. Halloween or Easter – Halloween. I don’t like getting dressed up, but it is more fun.
  7. All Inclusive Cruise or Fly to destination vacay – I’ve never been on a cruise, so I’ll have to say Fly to.

My nominations:

I get the pleasure and honor of nominating others for this award, and it’s hard to limit the choices. For those nominated it is not something you have to accept (or even acknowledge) if you don’t want to, but it is my way of letting people know I think you have a blog worth reading.

My questions to you are about your favorite things

  1. What’s your favorite book?
  2. What’s your favorite movie?
  3. What’s your favorite song?
  4. What’s your favorite holiday?
  5. Where’s your favorite space to be?
  6. Where’s your favorite place to visit?
  7. What’s your favorite age?

That should cover it. For those who decide to join in I hope you enjoy. For those who don’t, I hope you keep posting to your blog for me to read!

Love’s Cutting Edge

Don’t be afraid
my little dear
of the sharp blade
Mommy is here
Alive or dead
you’re beloved
and free with me

(C) Stephen W. Buchanan 2019

In response to the 10 October Monster, She Wrote prompt at the Brave & Reckless blog and based on the titles of short stories and books discussed in the enjoyable and informative new book “Monster, She Wrote: The Women Who Pioneered Horror and Speculative Fiction”by Lisa Kröger. This prompt was “Beloved” by Toni Morrison.