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Red specter

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something brushes my cheek as I sleep
tiny footsteps perhaps
and I awake in the semi-lit room
somewhat startled
for this is the second time in two nights
but on this night I do not simply turn over
the dreams, these nightmares of sorts
are beginning to extend
well past the moment of being awake
now propped on one arm
I focus my eyes and sweep
them first across my pillow
to the edge
and then over the head of my mattress
which is four inches from the floor
in the corner were the light is thin
I see it
not scampering
but walking away at a normal gate
this bright red spider - mechanical like
moving away, towards my slippers
wait
I'm fully awake and I'm seeing this
the thought occurred
my every nerve twitching in icewater
it's legs cartoonishly long and thin
I watched in stark silence
as it bent low and walked through the space between my slippers
then behind a box of videos next to them
I sat in disbelief
again asking myslef if I were awake
but I knew
There was no need to slap myself this time
I slowly leaned towards the box and pulled it quickly
towards me
it was gone
and I was still awake
still in some place between disbelief and shock
how does one escape their nightmares
when they cross from dream to reality












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