All the nightmares came today

Friday’s NaPoWriMo prompt was to write a villanelle incorporating lines from two songs. This is the second one I wrote, a more fun poem. Dverse is also running a month of villanelles, so I’m in the mood.

 

The song says, all the nightmares came today,

I see them strolling up and down the street,

It really looks as though they’re here to stay.

 

They gave us five years, that was all they’d say,

Until the end of days would be complete.

The song says, all the nightmares came today.

 

Their eyes are glazed; I wish they’d go away,

These phantoms, with their smell of rotting meat,

It really looks as though they’re here to stay.

 

Once so full of colour, now it’s grey,

This world that’s ending, in its winding sheet,

The song says. All the nightmares came today.

 

The speakers blare, the only song they play

A death march that accepts final defeat.

It really looks as though they’re here to stay.

 

Despair is king, it holds all in its sway,

No music soothes us with a gentle beat,

For screaming dirges, nightmares came today,

And there’s no doubt, they’re really here to stay.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

6 thoughts on “All the nightmares came today”

  1. For some reason, this reminds me of a Neil Gaiman short story I read once called ‘When We Went To See The End of the World’. I really like the mood it sets.

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