Thursday, September 27, 2018

"Baku's Feast on Dreams" by Sierra July

"Dream Eater" Ink on Paper
By J. Artemus Gordon
Baku's Feast on Dreams
Sierra July

Back to the thrumming of footsteps
Curling up, unable to wake
Dark, smothered, feel of being watched
Cool touch slithering to the nape
Teasing tickle of a trunk's tip

Creature feasting on illusions
Consuming with a sharp inhale
A hiss resonates, goes unheard
Curtain lifts: victim's eyes open
On silent night, memory void

Poet's Notes: The Baku from Japanese folklore is the subject of this piece. It is a creature that looks like a tapir and is said to eat bad dreams; though children are cautioned not to call on one too often to rid themselves of nightmares, because the Baku will eat motivation and leave a person “empty.”

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