Does It Need to Be a Nightmare?

For this creative prompt from Real Toads, about turning a fearful nightmare into something funny or not threatening. Based on a true story.


I’d often have a stressful dream,
Of a tsunami coming,
I’d see it hit me, die,
And be brought back to life
Over and over again.

The cycle would cease when
I realized it was a dream:
So I would grow gills
In peace swimming in the new sea,
And breathing underwater easily.

4 thoughts on “Does It Need to Be a Nightmare?

  1. Sometimes our dreams can seem as real as one’s fingernails digging into the skin.. and within a second .. revert as though a wisp of smoke. Powerful poem 💜💜

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