Today’s writing prompt from Fireblossom over @Toads is “To sleep, perchance to dream..” from Hamlet. I often write from dreams – real or imagined – and of dreams. But if you know me, have been here before, or read any of my poetry – you already knew that.
Here is a dream that is part real memory, part imagined fantasy. This dream belongs to Suzie, the main character in my work-in-progress novel, Tiger Kingdom.
I could hear the paws of the tigers
pounding the pavement, the heaving sound
of their hot breath against
the chilly October air.
I could see their golden eyes
striped coats glinting
in the night shadows
as they ran.
I climbed into bed, freeing the sheet
from underneath Jack’s iron grasp.
I tried to press my eyes closed tight
yet laid there for hours
eyes opening to the streets below
still seeing tiger stripes blazing
in the light of the street lamps
still hearing the sounds of leaves rustling
as they rushed past in the night
the wind moving steadily
through the trees.
Copyright August 18 2016 Stacie Eirich
If you’d like to know more about my forthcoming novel, visit these previous posts, which introduce the characters & settings through poetry: