Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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Poem: "Taking the Night Watch"

This poem came out of the October 4, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] corvi and Shirley Barrette. It has been sponsored by ng_moonmoth. This poem belongs to the series P.I.E.


"Taking the Night Watch"


One of the things Brenda has learned
from extraordinary investigations
is that some superstitions and myths
and legends turn out to be true.

It's hard, dangerous work and
sometimes people get hurt.

The same is so in police work,
and she tries not to worry about
Darrel and his friends.

Between the two of them, they know
more than a few folks with PTSD.

Brenda and Darrel do their best
to be supportive. Sometimes
talk therapy and the right meds
can work wonders.

Other times they can't,
and the nightmares make it
impossible to get much sleep.

That's when Brenda drops
a quiet hint about other options.

There are the baku,
benevolent spirits from Japan
who devour nightmares.

There are the dreamcatchers,
mystical webbed hoops created
Native American artists to trap
bad dreams while allowing
good ones to pass through.

There are lady and gentleman candles
of pale blue, dressed with Tranquility oil,
shipped up from New Orleans to be lit
before bedtime to bring peaceful sleep.

You never know what will stop
the monsters stalking someone
in their dreams until you try.

Brenda and Darrel are always
prepared to help out a friend
by taking the night watch.

* * *

Notes:

PTSD often causes nightmares and other sleep disturbances. There are various ways to cope with these challenges.

Baku
are Japanese spirits that eat nightmares.

Dreamcatchers are webbed hoops from Native American tradition, used to snare nightmares while allowing good dreams to pass through.

Voodoo offers various ways to manipulate energy. Oil of Tranquility may be used to dress candles for rootwork, such as a blue lady or gentleman candle. These can bring peace and restful sleep.
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