Annoying Nightmares (Humor) #FSS

Not that I’m short on prompts (or inspiration), but Fandango’s Story Starter sounded pretty good.  Click the link above for more info—here’s the prompt.  

“This week’s Story Starter teaser is:  I woke from a sound sleep up with a start, turned on my nightstand light, and…”


I woke from a sound sleep up with a start, turned on my nightstand light…which was only a flashlight…and, heart thumping like a heavy metal band, found my glasses so I could at least recognize the terror before it took me out.

This whole “getting old and still having nightmares” crap had become annoying, fatiguing, and I’d about had it.  I didn’t bother to get out of bed for a look-see…what was the point? 

It was the same crowd of old ghosts who traipsed through my sleep frequently as if my mind was a garage sale; bickering and whispering and shooting ugly glares my way—like maybe the merchandise just wasn’t worth the tagged price.

I sighed heavily, craving more sleep but unsure whether it was in the offing.  Punching the pillow, I soon realized that ship had sailed.  Might as well get up and watch a movie…

Oh good, “The Changeling”, or “Carrie”…  Midway through George C. Scott’s ghostly misery, my snoring woke me….and I shuffled back to bed peacefully.

©Leyde Ryan, 2022 ~ All rights reserved.

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Variation, Same Theme

There’s little variation

In the recurring dreams

Same theme—madness

They’re not dreams


Peopled by same cast

Of characters which

Brought, fostered

Chaos, dysfunction—

All being heirs to a

Strain of this insanity—

How many baskets, buckets

Would it take to fill up bitter

Agony, hatred…carry it away—

I did not imagine

Everything that happened

Just because they don’t

Remember…doesn’t mean

I’m crazy

©Leyde Ryan, 2022 ~ All rights reserved.