The Nightmare Tree

A Poem By Julie // 3/6/2010

 

On the crest of the hill

 

Stands the nightmare tree
No green leaves
Only two bare branches
Only one battered, swollen
Bruised fruit
Flesh crushed beyond recognition
I flee back
To indoors, to safety
But the screams
Still pierce the windows
Where is the door
To escape this terror
There—an opening
I run through, desperate…
 
The base of the hill
Where the nightmare tree’s
Odor of death
Fill my nostrils
Stinging my eyes
Fleeing back
To welcoming walls
While wails echo back
Escape, escape—
A door opens
Into the darkness…
 
Halfway up the hill
of the nightmare tree
Blood stains the grass
Underfoot
I turn, tumbling down the hill
In my haste to escape
The looming shadows
Of the nightmare tree
Through the door
Into another darkness…
 
I stand at the foot
of the nightmare tree
Staring at bloody feet
And bony, broken knees
Terror seizes my heart
Sweat streaks my forehead
My throat swells in agony
I knew all doors
Would lead me back
To the nightmare tree
 
There is no escape
 
I stare at the sky
At the rough twin branches
Hung with humanity’s horrors
Depths of loss
Heights of evil
Veils of blindness
Covering men’s eyes
 
For a moment
The man on the tree
Looks down at me
As I gaze up at him
Our eyes
Meet
And I see
Enough joy
Overflowing, abundant
To set the sternest
Wildly giggling
Like men gone mad
With new-found hope
And I see
A gate swinging open
To welcome me home
A path to escape
The terror
Of the nightmare tree
 
Inspired by the Adventures in Odyssey episode “Return to the Imagination Station.”
 

 

Comments

"I knew all doors Would lead

"I knew all doors
Would lead me back
To the nightmare tree
 
There is no escape"

I love those lines

airlia | Tue, 03/09/2010

"It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God such men lived."
General George S. Patton

That is so creepy.  Good

That is so creepy.  Good though.  Very... I don't have the word.  It made me look around to make sure nothing was there.

Bridget | Tue, 03/09/2010

"I always wonder why birds stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth. Then I ask myself the same question." - Harun Yahya

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