Sleep paralysis

14 Jan

Mystifying and cryptic. 

Gloomy and apocalyptic….


This is how I envision

the theater in my head,

Feelings of the colors

black, drab and dark red.

Barbed wire around my lungs,

stabbing, restricting as I breath.

Fluid inside my heart turning black,

Boiling vigorously begins to seethe.


Dark dressed figures are filing in,

organizing a vast congregation.

Eerily anxiously waiting for,

a humiliating public castration.

Never given an adequate chance

to stand or walk tall,

Beaten down relentlessly

they forced me to crawl.

Similar to being stuck in a dream,

trying to fight but feeling too weak.

Opened my mouth attempting to scream,

only to find I can’t even speak.


Escaping to a hot desert scene

where I’m lying on the ground,

longing for a sudden death

as the vultures circle ’round.

I finally awake

as my eyes spring open,

Overwhelming panic

as my body lies frozen.

Cannot move or think

wanting to yell,

ultimate fear comes to life

as I’m stuck in this hell…



© 2018 Joseph Emerson


Posted by on January 14, 2018 in Mental Health, poetry, writing


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41 responses to “Sleep paralysis

  1. uncertaintyweb

    January 14, 2018 at 12:29 am

    It seems you have put emotions of each and every person who has been in a sleep paralysis. Incredibly crafted.

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    January 14, 2018 at 12:55 pm

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  3. theorangutanlibrarian

    January 14, 2018 at 4:36 pm

    Brilliant writing!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. rothpoetry

    January 14, 2018 at 8:45 pm

    Wow! What a bad dream this is…. An alternative title: Deathbed!! Great writing!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Joseph Emerson

      January 14, 2018 at 8:56 pm

      Yes. Nice title. I haven’t had it happen since I talked to my therapist about it. Weird coincidence. He said it’s actually common. It happened to me 3 times in with like 4 months or so and it freaked me out. He didn’t seem to be worried… 👍

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  5. iampharaohmaktuk

    January 14, 2018 at 9:09 pm

    Great imagery, perfect depiction of sleepless nights, so brutal, but so well-written!

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    • Joseph Emerson

      January 14, 2018 at 9:10 pm

      It’s actually 2 different dreams/episodes that I put together. But freaky. Thanks for reading !

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      • iampharaohmaktuk

        January 14, 2018 at 9:12 pm

        Oh crazy, the good news is you DID get to sleep though? Maybe not though because those dreams sound terrible haha

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      • Joseph Emerson

        January 14, 2018 at 9:14 pm

        Yeah it would happen after days of no sleep. The doc says it’s common and to only report back if it happens more often… I was like “uhh… ok?” it’s not a good time to be awake and not being able to move. Truthfully it only lasts like 6-7 seconds but feels like an eternity as it’s happening. So I of course googled it.. freaky.

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      • iampharaohmaktuk

        January 14, 2018 at 9:16 pm

        Trippy lol. Hopefully no more of it and you get some good sleep

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      • Joseph Emerson

        January 14, 2018 at 9:17 pm

        Thanks. Zoloft is key 👌lol

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  6. balroop2013

    January 15, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    Dark imagery but beautiful poetry! Only when we visit the darkest corridors do we come out with such poems. Stay blessed and healthy.

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    • Joseph Emerson

      January 15, 2018 at 3:01 pm

      Thank you so much ✌️ thank you for stopping by and reading too.


  7. RhapsodyBoheme

    January 15, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    Brilliant and powerful. Full emotions and grit. Well done my friend.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Noel Hartem

    January 15, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    pretty intense

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Eli Kyoko

    January 15, 2018 at 9:37 pm

    Vivid piece!! 💖 hope you’re doing fine, though 🌻

    Liked by 1 person

  10. *Andrada Anitei*

    January 16, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    I love the “theater in my head part!” Your writing is majestic!

    Though nightmares are not! I’ve had tons of them, especially the “no voice” or the ones lacking the ability to run…

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  11. Abhishek pathania

    January 17, 2018 at 9:24 am

    Thrilling and intense ! Loved it

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  12. Alan J. Blaustein

    January 17, 2018 at 9:47 pm

    Well done description of sleep problems like that!

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  13. Bartek D

    January 17, 2018 at 10:11 pm

    Nasty thing to go through. You have an amazing way with words

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    • Joseph Emerson

      January 17, 2018 at 10:32 pm

      Thank you so much. That’s so nice of you. Thank you for reading !!!


  14. twinklingwords

    January 19, 2018 at 11:23 pm

    This is actually the first time I’m getting to read a post on this. Okay I have this, a form of this and it’s scary as hell. I’m trying to wake up, while my brain is awake, my body refuses to follow suit. It’s exhausting and frightening. The trick they say is to let your brain fall asleep too because it’s tired but that feels like jumping off a cliff! You made a poem on this, how brilliant!

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    • Joseph Emerson

      January 20, 2018 at 12:35 am

      I talked to a therapist about this and he didn’t seem to pay much mind to it. It could just be from a major lack of sleep, coupled with a lot of stress. Hasn’t happened to me in a while but it was freaky when it was happening. Thanks again for stopping by and reading, I really appreciate the time. 🤗

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      • twinklingwords

        January 20, 2018 at 4:43 am

        Yes absolutely, lack of sleep and excessive stress basically cause it. I’m glad to hear that, I get it ever so often that I’ve gotten used to it. Anyway, looking forward to your posts😊

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  15. Ssameera :)

    January 24, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    Oh, my I can feel that. 🙂 The struggle is depressing I understand. This was beautifully presented 🙂 ❤


  16. Shayra

    February 21, 2018 at 11:13 am

    Brilliant writing👌.

    Liked by 1 person


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