Perchance to Dream

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.

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Suzie’s Dream

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:

Sampson, The Tiger King

Meet Suzie & Jack

Meet Elena & Liam

Rainbow Bazaar