Folktober Challenge Day 15

For the Wombrell Rainbow Folktober challenge # 15 Ekphrastic challenge. Thanks to Jane Dougherty for another great suggestion.

F 2.15. Mare John_Henry_Fuseli_-_The_Nightmare
troubled sleep, dreams of demons—nightmare songs
incubus and horse-hags ride feelings of dread
in the darkness, contorted trees grow heads
terrorizing dreams, all alone in this bed

spirits torment and tantalize her thoughts
in vain, she struggles to scream—alas, no breath
cozy foreplay, the devil's vocation
her willing body fused to her evil soul

a flood tide of release breaks the wicked spell

© Colleen M. Chesebro

19 thoughts on “Folktober Challenge Day 15

    1. The sexual tension in the painting is evident, I think… in the way the woman is in the “throes of her dreams.” Paul from the Wombrel Rainbow is a great place to find wonderful poetry, Diana. 💜

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