WHILE YOU WERE DREAMING, day 6 of A Month with Yeats.


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


    1. 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!!!!

      1. 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

      2. 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. 🙂

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