Jagged Dreams

by Max Bouillet

“and (they) said to the mountains and rocks, fall on us, and hide us from the face of Him that sitteth on the throne...”
--Revelations 6:16

He steals dreamcatchers
to harvest their nightmares.

He wrings them
with desperate fingers
into buckets of paint and blood.

He dips his brush
and paints
pictures of himself
on cracked mirrors,
broken bottles,
and shards of glass
that he franticly hides
underneath rocks
and used newspapers.

Each brushstroke
spreads him thinner
and further scatters
his shattered soul
in an useless attempt
to flee from god.

At a safe distance,
she trails behind him
with a wicked smile,
a broom,
and some glue
the intentionally broken).


Author's Note: Dreamcatchers are Native American amulets used to capture nightmares while sleeping. An image for this poem can be found at Jagged Dreams at Intelligent Ash.

Posted on 09/11/2005
Copyright © 2022 Max Bouillet

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Mara Meade on 09/11/05 at 08:43 PM

Exceptionally powerful, Max.

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 09/12/05 at 12:50 AM

A fascinating take on Rev. 6:16. Indeed a commentary on people as individuals and on society as a whole.

Posted by Christina Bruno on 09/13/05 at 12:21 AM

i love dream catchers, i wanted to get one for my car but i couldn't find one...fabulous images of nightmares painted into reality...spookey ;0

Posted by Jim Benz on 09/13/05 at 04:00 AM

this is one of the best pieces I've seen at pathetic. fascinating use of metaphor.

Posted by Graeme Fielden on 09/14/05 at 02:10 AM

This is an image-rich, somewhat dark, piece of writing, Br Max. The images, darkly sublime. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Michele Schottelkorb on 09/15/05 at 02:45 AM

having been "absent" from dear pathetic for some time now, it is such a joy to take a small moment and enjoy your devilishly good poetry... excellent... blessings...

Posted by Charles E Minshall on 09/19/05 at 04:20 AM

You are a dreamcatcher with this poem Max. Very well done Charlie

Posted by Karl Waldbauer on 09/21/05 at 03:21 AM

You, Max, have caught our dreams and shown the nightmare lurking in all of us.

Posted by Laura Doom on 10/11/05 at 07:02 PM

...and life shrivels to the size of a contract...

Posted by Laura Doom on 11/14/05 at 04:56 PM

painted by a true artist - extended applause at potd

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 11/14/05 at 05:52 PM

Captivatingly different description of 'old scratch,' Max. Well done and congrats on POTD!

Posted by Gregory O'Neill on 11/14/05 at 10:33 PM

Buffeting. An excellent POTD.

Posted by Charles E Minshall on 11/15/05 at 02:22 AM

Congratulations on poem of the day Max...Charlie

Posted by Graeme Fielden on 11/15/05 at 04:22 AM

A great choice for POTD. Congratulations, Max

Posted by Thomas K. Hunt on 11/15/05 at 06:07 AM

The imagery is outstanding Max, This peom just pulled me in...I've read about Dreamcatchers. And I've always been fasinated by dreams...most of mine are so vivid they affect my whole day at times..Excellent read and congrats on your POTD...well deserved

Posted by Rhonda Maneki on 02/03/07 at 01:49 PM

I love this poem - and dream catchers - the brush of life paints vividly from your hand images - to words. Thank you,

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