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Goodnight Sweet Maere

A Horror Poem

By Em StarrrrrPublished 5 months ago Updated 5 months ago 1 min read
Goodnight Sweet Maere
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She came to me last night. My sweet sweet Maere.

The one who crawls upon my chest and steals the breath from my lungs.

She weaved her way into my room, slid under the sheets, touched my bare skin.

Branded me hers.

I could have sworn it was real, that burn in my throat as I waited for the sweet relief of breath or death, but dawn has taken her from me -

this morning the marks are gone.

Sunlight seeps through the cracks in my venetian blinds, and I am caught in a dappled dance of night and day.

The alarm clock screams six-fifteen, digits so small I have to drag myself to semi-consciousness to read them.

I hate that fucking clock.

I close my eyes. Will her to find me again.

My sweet sweet Maere.

She lurks in the fringes of slumber, hides in the fractures of my dusty dreamscape. Waits for a perfect nightmare and nothing less.

If I sleep just right, maybe she'll steal my breath once more.

Fingers rest on my shoulder. “It’s time to wake up,” my wife says.

Voice too close.

Room too bright.

Bedsheets constricting, suffocating, my breath trapped and burning in my throat.

I hit snooze on the clock with the tiny digits. “Ten more minutes.”

I close my eyes and pray for a perfect nightmare.


Inspired by John Henry Fuseli's "The Nightmare" and a morbid fascination with the Night Hag.

The Nightmare - John Henry Fuseli (Public Domain)

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Em Starrrrr


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  • Arun kumar barik4 months ago

    Horror+poem nice combination and a nice poet. Thanks

  • Autumn Frye5 months ago

    Loved it. Loved how the photos captured what you were saying in your poem.

  • Angelina F. Thomas5 months ago

    Your work is awesome. I am looking forward to reading more of your remarkable talented work as an author and bookworm. Thanks for being so inspirational.

  • Alberto Udo5 months ago

    Good point on the article

  • Eful5 months ago

    Nice article, love it

  • Sam Desir-Spinelli5 months ago

    wow... I've tried writing horror poetry before and I still can't articulate what I did wrong but it's clear whatever it was, you did it right. Beautifully done

  • Megan Alysse5 months ago

    Love 😍

  • Rodney Roberts5 months ago

    Brilliant. Enjoyed every line. Thank you!

  • Lace Cole5 months ago

    So good. Thank you for sharing.

  • Melissa Ingoldsby5 months ago

    Absolutely breathtaking hearted

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