The Dream Lord's Gift

Betimes Morpheus takes us by the hand
Leads us into the land of times past
Straight to the hours of our discontent
In the shadows of Castle Discordia

Down into the bowels we follow
Step by frightened step
Until we stand trembling
Before the barred door

With a wave of his hand
He opens the locked entrance
Unearthing with his magic
The chamber of our torment

Not to tease us, nor for torture
Nor to make us relive the pain
But to show us the how, the why,
To help us cast off the shackles

Trust him and look
See what really happened
The truth of it, not the terror
Learn and understand

You’re safe in Morpheus’ hands
He will lead you back to the light
Wiser, stronger, with head held high
The nightmare banished for good.

© Sybille Sterk
Do not copy or publish this poem in any way shape or form without my written permission.

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I woke up with the idea of this in my head today. Sometimes dreams are sent to teach us. I felt I learnt something today. :-)

Castle Discordia is a reference to the Dark Tower series by Stephen King – when Susannah ‘visits’ Castle Discordia with Mia she learns many things… The image of the castle has been on my mind for a long time, I felt it finally found its rightful place in this poem.

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I am a very creative person and it’s my way of dealing with the world, inside and out. I am only happy when I am making things or painting or writing. There are just not enough hours in the day…. I am into poetry and photo manipulation at the moment and also dabbling in photography. :-)

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  • mordechai
    mordechaiabout 3 years ago

    A macabre hope..

  • Thank you so much. :-) Means a lot. :-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • waterbug
    waterbugabout 3 years ago

    This is just really good. I love the 5th stanza -“trust him and look/ see what really happened/ the truth of it, not the terror” very potent wisdom I think, – to look beyond what is terror to you, and see what is being offered to you as growth maybe? thanks!

  • Thank you so much Ken. I think it’s often difficult to see to the truth if you’re involved emotionally and in dreams it’s often easier to ‘stand back’ and see to the truth of it. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Lisa  Jewell
    Lisa Jewellabout 3 years ago

    Oh Sybille,

    I felt a chill and a sense of comfort. Bloomin brilliant, I love the way dreams make it into ink. xxx

  • Thank you so much Lisa. :-) Many of my poems start with a dream or a thought I had when I woke up. Subconscious at work during the night. LOL xoxoxo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Arco Iris  R
    Arco Iris Rabout 3 years ago

    This is has a very calming effect on me. Sometimes we do have to listen to our dreams for I feel that in our subconscious world there are truths that we do not see clearly. Beautifully written.

  • Thank you so much Iris. I think sometimes it’s difficult to ‘read’ a situation or event clearly if you are emotionally involved or if it is particularly dramatic. Our subconscious can work things out whilst our conscious mind is at work elsewhere and then show us the fruits of its labours when we’re ready for it, e.g. in dreams. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • abigcat
    abigcatabout 3 years ago

    Yes ! listen to the subconscious :-))

  • LOL Thank you. Definitely. :-) I do my best thinking in dreams.

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Cosimo Piro
    Cosimo Piroabout 3 years ago

    Brilliant Sybille…..fear not those demons for it makes you stronger…….a positive and strong message for self growth. Love it. xoxo

  • Thank you so much Cos. I think we often misread situations and events when we’re emotionally involved and it’s easier for our subconscious mind to stand back and look at them objectively. And how often do we consciously misread situations because we want to, because we want to see something that’s not there. I think our subconscious can be more objective. The truth is always beautiful and it frees you if you look it in the eye, but sometimes it’s hard so thank god for the subconscious… :-) xoxox

    – Sybille Sterk

  • autumnwind
    autumnwindabout 3 years ago

    Sybille, this is so outstanding! Now, you also tempt me to read the books again, as some of it seems but a distant memory. Congrats on your well deserved feature. So busy lately, will bmail you soon. Much love, shar xoxoxo ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

  • Thank you Sweetie. I’ve read them loads of times, but only read the last couple once or twice. It was good reading through them again. The first time you just seem to go through them trying to find out what happens next, but each time I re-read them I get something more out of them. I love re-reading books – it’s like meeting up with old friends. LOL xoxoxo Lots of love and sunshine… ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

    – Sybille Sterk

  • TheWanderingBoo
    TheWanderingBooabout 3 years ago

    wow, amazing write!

  • Thank you so much Boo. :-) xoxo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • DeborahZaragoza
    DeborahZaragozaabout 3 years ago

    Congratulations Revolving Features Writers

    June 24, 2011

  • Thank you so much Deborah. :-) Greatly appreciated. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

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