Thursday photo prompt: Dream #writephoto

This week’s prompt ~ Dream

For visually challenged writers, the image shows a pale pathway meandering through a field of purple heather towards the green of distant hills.

Sleep would not come, just waves of fear and pain. There was no silence either. Voices discussing, the news, gardens, family, Covid… I can’t blame them this was their day. Their shift, they would go home and sleep.

The scariest thing was the voice that echoed through the ward of the disturbed patient who repeated and repeated “It’s the Covid cough, the Covid, Covid, cough gonna get you” If he was not sleeping that’s all I could hear. It was better during the day because he’d call out for “Tea tea” and the nurses would bring him one and then he would shout “Happy Birthday” and we’d all smile.

At night it felt like he was closer, he was not, he was on the male side of the ward but sound carries at night. I was frightened, unreasonably so by this prophet of doom. I was lonely and in pain.

Then the pain spiked I had to give in and use my buzzer, the nurse came I told her I couldn’t take the pain. She gave me some intravenous painkillers as an extra to the antibiotics and fluid IVs. She stayed a while and then thankfully I drifted off to a better place.

There lies the path

Through seas of purple heather

Morpheus lifted

Me off to the land of dreams

Fear and pain was then banished.

This is part of Sue Vincent’s Thursday Photo Challenge, #writephoto

50 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Maggie
    Jul 02, 2020 @ 11:29:30

    Thoughtful words, Willow. Our beautiful and sad truth.


  2. Sadje
    Jul 02, 2020 @ 12:15:35

    A very real and touching post.


  3. Ritu
    Jul 02, 2020 @ 13:01:45

    Great take, sis! 🥰


  4. Sue Vincent
    Jul 02, 2020 @ 13:44:33

    I’m glad you finally had some relief. xx


  5. pensitivity101
    Jul 02, 2020 @ 15:46:19

    This came together very well Willow, taking current events and then relief from the pain and that incessant voice. Loved your poem.


  6. Iain Kelly
    Jul 02, 2020 @ 16:46:48

    More like a nightmare than a dream. Perfect for our troubled times,


  7. Jen Goldie
    Jul 02, 2020 @ 16:51:40

    You had me worried. I’m happy to hear you vent. Vent away! Sending HUGS AND LOVE! 💜💜🌼😊


  8. Marje @ Kyrosmagica
    Jul 02, 2020 @ 17:30:14

    Writing is a great way to let go of pain. So sorry, hope you are coping ok. x


  9. Colleen M. Chesebro
    Jul 02, 2020 @ 20:43:04

    Excellent and meaningful tanka prose, Willow. This has made its way into my book as an example. You hold the rights to your work. I cite you in the Bibliography! ❤


  10. Daniel Kemp
    Jul 03, 2020 @ 08:43:52

    Very descriptive. Loved it.


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  12. robbiesinspiration
    Jul 03, 2020 @ 16:05:20

    This would be a very disturbing experience, Willow. Very well written.


  13. Keith's Ramblings
    Jul 04, 2020 @ 07:38:05

    A situation I would not wish to experience. Hopefully, the worst is behind you now. The mind has a way of taking us to a better place when we most need it. Thanks so much for sharing, Willow.

    My story!


    • willowdot21
      Jul 04, 2020 @ 07:52:52

      Thank you Keith it was so vivid and recent I hoped writing it out would help it go. ..The mind is very powerful. Me? I am mentally strong and getting I am getting there. 💜


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