The curtains fall, but I am wide awake.
The movie scene still plays in front of me.
Now it is somehow making my head ache,
Tap tap, tap tap, the sound of devil’s feet.
Tick tock, tick tock, please stop, my head’s quaking,
Raven claws stretching from out the door’s crack.
Sweating, panting, my body is shaking,
Maybe tonight no sleep can I call back.
To my surprise, mother approached my bed,
Oh darling, you shall sleep with me tonight.
Feel her tender pat that holds back my dread,
Like being stroked by feathers very light.
Now I dive into my dream, not nightmare,
For my fear is now purged by mother’s care.

Photo Credit: Gustav Klimt

Written by

Gwen Ma

Gwen Ma, senior, has a passion for writing fantasy-adventure novels and poetry. In her free time, she enjoys creating artwork and shooting photographs. Gwen wants to major in Communication and Media Studies in college because she is interested in learning how media influence our lives. In summer 2018, she got a chance to be an assistant journalist at a local newspaper in Beijing, China. That special experience gave her more insight into media-related professions. Gwen believes that writing expresses her emotions and bonds her with the people around her. She likes to read ancient Chinese poetry, and one of her favorite books is East of Eden by John Steinbeck.