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The River

Weird dreams and not-quite nightmares

By Silver Serpent BooksPublished about a month ago 1 min read
The River
Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Cry in your sleep.

When the tears won't fall,

Won't catch the light, cry.

Let them nourish the ethereal

Lilies of the dead.


Look now at this river of petals,

This moon-white river of dead dreams

And rotten plans.

What a pretty sight they make,

The white lilies.


The sunflowers, crimson like sunset,

Bleed along the bank,

Staining the currents red

With the warm blood of what could have been.

Christ, what a sight.


It can't be a dream but...

It's too pretty for a nightmare.

Cool against the hand,

Cold in the eyes,

Freezing in the chest.


An ice dagger of certainty.

This is too cold for a dream.

But the moon shines, the petals gleam.

There is something about the reaching stamen and pistil

That screams nothing is as it seems.


The lilies are brighter now, insistent as they move


So cry now, cry in your sleep.

Feed this river,

This river of dead, decaying dreams.

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About the Creator

Silver Serpent Books

Writer. Interested in all the rocks people have forgotten to turn over. There are whole worlds under there, you know. Dark ones too, even better.

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    Original narrative & well developed characters

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Comments (3)

  • Hannah Moore29 days ago

    Theres something kind of barbaric and inevitable and can't tear the eyes awayish here.

  • Christy Munson29 days ago

    I second D.K.'s observations. Wonderful writing, as always.

  • D.K. Shepardabout a month ago

    Very vivid and surreal! Like how you delved into an unsettling but not frightening dreamscape. Flow felt like a underlying chant with the sprinkling of rhyme

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