Image by Dimitris Christou from Pixabay

Aphotic dreams are colder than death 
Wishes, dangerous and electric
Glimpses into beclouded illusions 
Keeping the old stories replaying 
In dark portals of curtain drawn memories 
Long forgotten symbolic signs
Such savage dreams, a paradoxical haze
Disappearing upon awakening

©2020 Linda Lee Lyberg

Author’s Note: I started on Google with Dreams are… and went from there!

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Linda Lee Lyberg is a wife, mother, artist, published poet and author. She resides in Mesa, AZ with her husband Pete (aka The Big Viking) of 24 years, and her dog, Ricky Bobby. Linda writes various forms of poetry, as well as short stories. You can read more of her works at: charmedchaos.com
and purchase anthologies containing her work here: Amazon Author Page

46 Comments on “Aphotic

  1. This is incredibly potent, Linda! I especially like; “Glimpses into beclouded illusions/Keeping the old stories replaying.” 💝

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  2. Well, I just learned a new word today: Aphotic. I love that, as well with the rest of this piece. Such darkness in this piece with a reference with how dreams are haunting the narrator. It’s brilliantly composed with real elements of what many can experience. Very eloquent. ❤

    I'm still obsessing over this line too:

    "Aphotic dreams are colder than death"

    It's brilliant. Amazing piece.

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  3. I take away “below aphotic” in those fathoms below 300 feet, where the sun cannot penetrate; the absolute darkness where prehistoric blind creatures dwell .

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  4. kaykuala
    Such savage dreams, a paradoxical haze
    Disappearing upon awakening

    Love the reference to the normal waking up sequence when bad dreams disappear and we can get immediate relief. We can even try hard to make ourselves wake up into reality.sometimes.


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  5. This is so good. What really interested me was that my first thought about dreams would be that they were happy, bright, sweet, light. You’ve really subverted that here, turned it utterly upside down. Lots to reflect on.

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  6. “Savage dreams” and “dark portals” – love all the complementary angles and images, paralleling the painting. As fascinating as a dream, Linda.

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  7. Hi Linda, I’m a day late getting around to reading others work. This prompt was a little confusing for me, but you did an excellent job here. Well written. And, I learned a new word. 🙂

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  8. Though you may want to know the source of those dreams – as you say, “beclouded illusions” and “old stories” – waking from them can be a relief.
    Well done, Linda.

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  9. I too had to google aphotic!
    These lines
    “Keeping the old stories replaying
    In dark portals of curtain drawn memories ”
    are intensive, searing, revealing, and incredibly descriptive.

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