I woke startled and frightened, with the room enveloped in darkness. I woke alone and afraid, my skin glowing with a chilling sheen. I woke with the vivid imagery of my dreaming flashing before me, playing in my head, its afterimages seared on my eyes. I woke with the phantoms, their menacing scowls and glistening blades stepping out of the shadows, their cruelty, coercion and horror following me through the night. I woke calling out his name, calling out your name, calling to you, my body calling out for you.

As I lay in bed, eyes on the white ceiling, ears listening to my shallow, recovering breath, hands registering the heartbeat thudding through my chest, I longed to be held and soothed by you, longed for the safety of your strong arms, the sweetness of your tender kiss, I longed for you to hush the gentle cries and drink away my salty tears.

  1. slowburn 2011.01.18 11:37am

    Another beautiful piece, full of longing. Beautiful.

  2. Advizor54 2011.01.18 1:33pm

    another wonderful piece, but when are we going to get a “Boy, was the sex good last night” edition?

    I don't like hearing you so sad.

  3. France 2011.01.19 2:25am

    I never had such dreams, but I know what it feels like to need someone in the middle of the night for comfort and safety.

  4. Sir Thomas 2011.01.19 2:43pm


    I could do this for you and stay lost forever in the darkness. I would make it alright… dont cry, go back to sleep beautiful one…

  5. Cheeky Minx 2011.01.20 8:42am

    slowburn: It warms my heart that you think so…

    Advizor: As you can probably sense, I am as much light as I am shade. While the words are dancing in the dark here, I am not so sad. But I thank you for your thoughts, A.

    France: Oddly enough, I take great comfort knowing you do too, lovely one…

    Sir T: After such soothing words, I have no doubt my slumber will be sweeter. Thank you…

  6. Topaz 2011.01.24 2:51pm

    It's amazing how soothing his nearby body can be, isn't it?

  7. Cheeky Minx 2011.01.25 5:32am

    Yes, it is. In fact, it never ceases to amaze me, Topaz…

  8. Adulterous Letch 2011.01.29 4:47pm

    I don't know what to add to the other comments. It's rare that this happens to me, but when it does… the loneliness. 🙁

  9. Cheeky Minx 2011.01.30 7:27am

    Yes… This kind of dreaming does nothing but emphasize it for me too, Letch.