2nd Place-Ruth Latta

Nightmares

by Ruth Latta

What apparitions, doubts and fears emerge

when night-time comes and I must close my eyes!

A day well spent is not enough to purge

the images with sharp insistent cries.

 

Where are the happy scenes from days?

Were they not stored in memory’s chambers, too?

Where are the ghosts of friends who sang my praise?

They’re dead and gone and never said “Adieu.”

 

Imagination is a splendid tool

in daylight when pursuing writer’s craft,

and consciously, I tried to make a rule

to switch off at night. Oh, what a laugh!

 

But who would trade the ability to write

merely to have a bland, untroubled night?

Bio- Ruth Latta has been writing and publishing poetry for three decades, with her most recent poems appearing in publications of The Ontario Poetry Society. Her most recently published book is “The Songcatcher and Me” (info@baico.ca)  For more information about her work, please Google her name or visit her blogs at http://ruthlatta.blogspot.com and http://ruthlattabooks.blogspot.com
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