Nightmares Are Passing Storms

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There are bad dreams and there are nightmares;

The ones which are pretty disturbing;

And the ones which wake us up screaming;

Bad dreams can be forgotten the second the eyes snap open;

But nightmares can keep on haunting us throughout the day;

Like a horror movie which never stops playing in the mind’s eye;

Like a rash, flu and headache, we all have them;

They plague us for a while;

And then they go away.

But there are those nightmares we have with our eyes wide open;

Our worst fears playing out in front of our very eyes;

Worst case scenarios unfolding like prophecies coming to pass;

Wondering if like dreams, we’d wake up from them if we pinch ourselves hard;

But the harder we shake our heads and blink our eyes;

The worse the live nightmares become;


What do you do when you are living a nightmare?

Do you go into a panic mode playing the victim;

Go around blowing the alarm horn shouting Mayday!

Or do you wait it out hoping it will pass away like a stormy night?


Like many other things, nightmares can be relative;

What one calls unfortunate, someone else calls it awful;

What one sees as unbearable, another sees it as a mere inconvenience;

What one calls a mountain, another terms it as a mound;

What one thinks as the end of the world, another sees it as a revolution;

We all have our nightmares; measured differently;

Just like beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder, so do our nightmares;


But no matter how long the night might be, it won’t last forever;

The dawn will definitely come and the darkness will disappear;

Nightmares may torment us for the night but we do wake up from them;

So whatever situation getting you worked up and raising your blood pressure;

Causing you sleeping nights and distracting you from enjoying the moment;

Know that it will pass and you’ll be made stronger by the experience;

Sometimes the most effective pills are the bitter ones;

Take them in your stride and like gold passes through the furnace;

Believe you’ll come out better on the other side.


© Josephine Amoako 2016



7 Comments Add yours

  1. Papberry says:

    Great! That nightmare shall surely pass me by making me stronger what what lies ahead. Thanks for this!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. joseyphina says:

      Thanks for reading, dear

      Liked by 1 person

    1. joseyphina says:

      Thanks, Jamila ☺

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Hi josey. Thank you so much for liking my poem “Tone!” Peace and Best Wishes. The Foureyed Poet.

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