Copyright Dawn Q. Landau

Copyright Dawn Q. Landau

Cold night grips.

Restless wrenching gives no release.

Silent screams choke my throat.

Horror fills space once reserved for dreams.

There is no escape, save waking.

No transport comes.

Hollow shadows cloak my soul.

I live two lives simultaneously, past and future.

The present moment trapped, muzzled.

Forbidden to rest in peace.

Warm light lifts.

Weightless floating gives new perspective.

Golden slivers dazzle my sight.

Glory fills space once damned.

Freedom finds each breath.

No harm threatens.

Playful spirits dance around me.

I drink in rapture of the moment.

Past falls away, future sheltered, safe.

Permitted to live in peace.


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43 thoughts on “Subsistence

  1. AnnIsikArts says:

    “There is no escape, save walking.” That resonates with me. It is true, sometimes, in some circumstances. 🙂

  2. Lyle Krahn says:

    So many good words and phrases. I had to go back to muzzled in the moment!

  3. Such a strong piece, Honie– visual and emotional, and very impactful. The duality of being trapped, haunted, and freed/loved/ happy… you’ve taken me to all of these places, in 100 words. Wow!

  4. Great interpretation. I saw it with my minds eye.

  5. Amy Reese says:

    So thankful it ended in peace. Great work, Honie.

  6. rgayer55 says:

    I like the style you employed in the telling of this tale. Quite the journey. Glad it ended well.

  7. Breaking out of the bubble of present and into the future.. great work there.

  8. wildbilbo says:

    This was really interesting – you got some great lines in there, emotive.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Cheers rightbackatcha, KT. Thanks for reading.

  9. Not much left to say after making the mistake of reading all the comments. 🙂 I’ll just agree that you did a masterful job and used the perfect genre to give the full effect.


  10. Allan G. Smorra says:

    “I live two lives simultaneously, past and future. The present moment trapped, muzzled.”

    Great imagery. We have all had days like that.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Indeed we do, Allan. Being present in the moment is sometimes a real battle.

  11. gahlearner says:

    One way or another, freedom comes to all who suffer. Maybe I misunderstood it, but I found it very sad, and so very skillfully told.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      I think you understood it just right.

  12. Dear Stephonie,

    Quite a progression to peace. Nicely done.



    1. Honie Briggs says:

      A progression fully experienced every step of the way. Thanks, Rochelle.

  13. A well written journey.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      I’m just glad I got it in writing before I forgot.

  14. Sandra says:

    You carried me with you every step of the way with this. Well done Honie.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Good! Thanks for the company, Sandra.

  15. This has fantastic rhythm. Many kudos, Honie.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Many thanks, Alicia.

  16. eLPy says:

    Nice poem for this pic. You caught me in the line speaking of past and future, living two lives simultaneously and the divide you created with it, the past being the first half, the future the last. It works well with this image as there’s this image of a dense forest then the path and train tracks representing a sort of civilized and well-paved way versus what path may not be in the forest. 🙂

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Thanks. It had quite a transition getting from a half recalled nightmare to a reflection of the emotion that the photo prompted.

      1. eLPy says:

        Interesting source for inspiration no doubt. 😉

  17. This has some powerful feelings in it. It’s almost like a hundred-word journey through Dante’s Divine Comedy, from hell to heaven. I’m glad it ends well.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Ah! It had not occurred to me to make that comparison, but it was a trip from hell to heaven, of sorts.

  18. erinleary says:

    Wrestling with demons at night. I hate when that happens – but you tell it beautifully.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Yes, you got it. That is exactly what this symbolizes. Have you ever been in a nightmare and thought you were awake, trying to scream for help? I hate when that happens. Thanks, Erin.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      😄 – thank you!

  19. beautifully done–you have a way with words

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      LouAnn, you say the nicest things.

  20. acflory says:

    Some truly yummy phrases here. They make you want to roll them around in your mouth to get the full flavour. I like. 🙂

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      So glad you like, Meeks. Roll ’em around all you like. 😀

  21. Carrie Rubin says:

    From desperation to peace. Nicely done!

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Thank you very much. It’s nice to think it can be done. I’ve been working on a project dealing with desperation and peace. Maybe that is what caused my nightmare.

  22. sarita226 says:

    Wow. Very evocative…

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      It spilled over from sleeping to waking. Couldn’t be helped. thanks so much for reading it.

  23. The end of this is like getting a big, warm hug. Nice job.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      }hugs{ that’s what we need after a bad dream. Thanks!

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