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Mary-Melissa Hannelore Wilzewski

"River of Sleep and Hades" by Mary-Melissa Hannelore Wilzewski

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This started out of the line 'Midnight and forgotten dreams', but I wanted to use that line for a song, so I changed the poem into this. I promise, I'm not suicidal anymore; I just write like I am...
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In the dark, cold twilight
Of the day and the soul
I glide down the ink-black river of sleep
Leaving behind the realm of the known
To embrace the darkness and the light within.

The sands of time line the shore
The sands of sleep and dreams untold
Silver smooth in the moonless night
Sinking and falling into the hungry waters
To be buried and known no more.

A blind, dead oarsman
Takes my coin, drives my boat
Deeper and deeper into the realm of dreams
Further and further from the life I've known
On the cool black waters that bear many names.

I dip a hand into those calling waters,
Sip of the river of Lethe, sweet and smooth
Down a throat raw from crying,
And slowly forget the edge that lies
Between death and dreams.

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17 Oct 2000:-) John Giles
I really like this poem. The imagery is great. Reminds me of the River Styx of Greek Mythology (which I suppose is the idea). P.S. All my dramatic writing comes off sounding morbid and depressed too, I think it tends to make people worry about me
8 Sep 2003:-) Elizabeth Wilcox
I enjoy your ability to write from an ancient, mythical point of view and still be able to have the poem relate to the 'average reader'.
28 Jun 200645 Kerry
You are such a talented writer.
Plz read my story. Unfortunately i dnt have an elfwood gallery so my story is posted on my friends site:
i would be really gr8ful if anyone would read it and leave me some helpful comments.
3 Apr 2010:-) Katherine Elaine Belt
This is so hauntingly beautiful and moving. I love how you’re calling forth imagery of death and tying it in with the idea of dreaming. You’ve got such a way of describing settings, it makes the reader truly feel like they’re there.

As far as still writing as if you’re suicidal, I know the feeling! I think that, once you’ve been there and been touched and actually seen that darkness, it stays with you, in a way, if that makes any sense.
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'River of Sleep and Hades':
 • Created by: :-) Mary-Melissa Hannelore Wilzewski
 • Copyright: ©Mary-Melissa Hannelore Wilzewski. All rights reserved!

 • Keywords: Death, Dream, Hades, Lethe, Poem, Poetry, River, Sand, Sleep, Suicide, Time
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