Day 6 of Jane Dougherty’s A Month with Yeats Challenge and the prompt is as follows: ‘Suddenly I saw the cold and rook-delighting heaven’
Jane’s blog is: https://janedougherty.wordpress.com/category/poetry-2/
My Poem today is called While You Were Dreaming
And as you dove through distant dreams
just beside me, you left to my center,
I woke to the night sky splitting above me,
the stars were burning, bleeding through
the darkness as the heavens opened,
their gates no longer golden as the
rooks took flight, soaring into my fright
here in this cold night as you tossed
through thoughts and I watched mine
beating, beaten with feathers on fire,
the disparate darkness drawing delight
in my downfall, in my blindness and you
turned in sweeping motions, your back
to me as I should have done, as I could not
and I wondered where you had wandered
as I was culled into consciousness, frozen
by the flames and shivering, were you
moving through memories we made
or making room for more to come
in other beds, in other arms, and then
befell the bodies, bound, in chains locked,
in flames crying, cursing, trying to pull
apart bonds that should have broken,
and you turned again and your arm
came over my chest and the vision
was smashed in contact, reverie
retreating but the burning continued…
All words and photographs by Damien B. Donnelly
14 thoughts on “WHILE YOU WERE DREAMING, day 6 of A Month with Yeats.”
Oh, the passion, and the paranoia! You’ve really made this prompt your own.
It came at the right time Sarah! But I’m hoping penning the poem put to rest the nightmare! Isn’t this a great challenge! Just read yours from day 5- brilliant!!!!
I am loving this challenge! Thank you for your feedback, much appreciated…
Passionate is the word. It made me think of Satan’s angels rolling in the fiery gulf, thick as autumn leaves.
I always love the way you use sound. And what a wonderful photo! (K)
Thank you Kerfe, really appreciate your comments
Scary and passionate–dream world and real world colliding.
I imagined “Angels in America.”
Oh, those angels- such an emotional piece of theatre!!! Even the thought of it pulls at the heart!
I’m glad you knew what I meant. 🙂
Oh most certainly, thankfully got to see it twice, in the theatre on English in London and then in Dutch in Amsterdam and of course the tv series with Emma Thompson and Al Pacino
Yes, I thought we might have discussed it once. We saw it in Philadelphia, and we also saw the TV version.
Well, anyway, that’s what I pictured when I read your poem. 🙂