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than all my Beliefs
               your Facts
               their Science

can defend
REM holds
with Awake


As the Chief of Mahrs
Gallops across my Lake
                                             of      Dreams


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Frank has us writing poems for dVerse tonight on the theme of Sleep.  Join us!


A wild soul writing poetry.

34 thoughts on “Untie

    1. Sleep paralysis is waking during REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep and being unable to move. It can be terrifying and has been deadly simply because of the terror. Mahr = Mare in German; the source of the term Nightmare. All the science and understanding of it all can’t remove the reality of the fear wrapped up in it and it crosses cultures and languages in a remarkable way.


  1. REM is rapid eye movement–deep sleep with dreaming, Jane. You hooked me at the REM council as well. I awaken every 2 hours all night, once an hour if I hydrate well. I think REM has become elusive for me.

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  2. I love the rhythm of the clever kennings at the beginning of your poem, Jilly, which are like listening to your heartbeat while you wait for sleep to come, and the way the beat appears again as the Chief of Mahrs galloping across the Lake of Dreams. The structure illustrates the phases of sleep –
    ‘REM holds
    with Awake

    is genius!

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  3. Ooh, I love this. You had me from hag-ridden! This reminds me of the night the spirits ride, I forget what that is called- it’s a celtic thing. I have hadthis paralysis upon waking- awful. So glad I don’t get that anymore. You said it, science goes out the window when you can’t lift your hand from the mattress!

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    1. Sleep paralysis is intriguing – I studied a good bit about sleep & dreams during my undergrad work. I’m glad you don’t have it anymore, too. I’m thinking about the Celtic thing and wondering if we could score it with ‘Night on Bald Mountain’ by Moussorgsky… I’ve never really recovered from that bit in Fantasia. 🙂

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