Dream or Nightmare?

The Writer’s Digest is hosting its annual Poem a Day (PAD) Chapbook Challenge. Day Three’s prompt is “a dream or nightmare poem.” I wonder if election day was the inspiration for this prompt? At any rate, I took it as such.

You may listen to me read the poem via the player below.

Upon Election Day it would seem
Hangs all our nightmares or our dreams
Of hope and health and help and life
Or else death, stabbed in the back with a knife.

We’ll go to sleep to the play of the news
While pundits scour polls give us their views,
Their reasons with the probable plauses
Why it broke this way — what were the causes.

Restless we’ll dream while the TV drones on:
Politicians boast or sing their sad song,
Give their speeches of humble concession,
Or swear they’ll protest the fixed election.

One day you’ll wake, after this dreadful night;
The Sun shall rise in glory, heavy and light,
Bring the New Day, the Fullness of Dreams
To dispel the nightmare’s evil, wicked schemes.

© Randall Edwards 2020.


The Writer’s Digest is hosting its annual Poem a Day (PAD) Chapbook Challenge. This challenge coincides with NaNoWriMo. Well, since this is 2020 and this the 13th Annual Challenge, I think I’m gonna try. The first prompt is “an enter poem.”

You may listen to me read the poem via the player below.

To enter is to leave behind
The loitering of diffidence,
The indecisive paralysis
Of overthinking analysis
That keeps you on the outside.

To enter is to step over 
A threshold into another
Place which you’ve never seen or been
Or maybe round to that spot again
To make a new life or start over.

To enter is an escape from
The commitment-less troll of wand’ring
Round the block for fear of missing out
Afraid you’ll sell short or sell out,
Afraid before you start you’ll be done.

To enter can be a fearful thing
When stepping into the unknown
With others running to the threat
Or facing alone the vale of death
To meet it’s pain and sting.

To enter is the last thing we do
The final door through which we pass
Welcomed by Eternal Glory
Take our place midst the Author’s story
Beyond all hope having found our way through.

© Randall Edwards 2020.