Scared from a dream
swimming in a large reef tank
the deadly’s were all there
happily swimming along
keeping me company.
I was told to ignore the dangerous ones,
until one turned and attacked
and everyone that was with me
abandoned the water and mentioned
“That looks like it hurts.”
My defensive wounds,
I slept on my hand all wrong
and it fell asleep.
That would account
for the numb tingling that woke me.
Awake now, afraid to return to sleep
the reef and all its magical wonders
can stay behind the inch thick glass.
I’m fine snorkeling in front of my bed,
it’s still easy to watch their interactions
and for some, who really knows
they don’t want our half naked bodies
floating around their sub-tropical world.
Bad dreams jade the whole process
of looking forward to sleep.
Instead, I reached for my phone
to tell all of you about my flaw,
being seriously afraid of the dark,
childish I know, but it’s real to me.
Fearful of a little darkness,
it’s rooted in the fact of being alone
in this lavish hotel room.
I’ll be up for the next 5 hours
with an eye on the tank,
until I change the accommodations and
move to a room that doesn’t have
an exotic reef tank
so close to the bed.