maternal nightmares

scary baby masklittle witch babies and tormenting black skies
gusting wind
long dark dresses swinging like death bells

a frail newborn with antlers growing
crying out as it tries to lift its weak neck
ocean-deep in salted sweat
those early months

panicking…

a pink infant
without bony deciduous growth
or skull-sunken cheeks

seventeen Halloween moons gone by since,
those first seconds
one more fall harvest
until her
perfect little face departs

dreaming…

scary baby mask, mixed media rendered a few weeks back…
the first time I was pregnant: during the first trimester, I had many bizarre dreamsโ€“some were nightmarish, others surreal like Dali paintings…my oldest is now 17 and college planning is on, lots of positive dreaming ๐Ÿ™‚

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22 thoughts on “maternal nightmares

  1. MY GOD AnnMarie That Drawing is SO COOL!! That drawing should be hanging out in a museum somewhere. I love it! I love all things horror. I love everything you did with the drawing with the colors! You are a very talented woman. Keep up the good work!

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  2. AM, I can understand your nightmare/dreams, can understand the driving force behind them — worries, excitement, the unknown. Understand it completely. And your artwork — is amazing. I blew up, checked out the details. Interesting, the eye (well, my eye) follows that amazing hair lock, and the forehead and those dark, empty eyes. Really, quite amazing — and eerie (sp?). Again, ironically, this visage reminds me very much of the one in my post today. So very nice.

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  3. I vote for non-scary babies! Isn’t it weird what pregnancy hormones do to our poor mommy brains? I know where your heart is right now, as I look forward to Olivia heading to Kindergarten next week and wonder where that tiny baby girl disappeared to. Happy dreaming! – Fawn

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    • With my first child, in those early months it was constant Chiller Theater in my dream head. No bad dreaming with the second one, though.
      Non-scary kiddies are best – agreed –
      though, teens can be scary in the own right ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Olivia is going to be brilliant – I’ve no doubt of that ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. A creepy baby gives even the toughest hearts a chill. AWESOME
    Very effective: starting us up with the superbly horrific image, then opening with a very witchy and dark ambiance, and finally bringing us back to the present with sweet heart warming reality. Bravisimo!! Hi five AnnMarie!!

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  5. Kids gone….house back to its normal self….naps taken….back to my morning coffee routine…and I must say, catching up by beginning with this made me take a second gulp of coffee immediately! Wow! This is one creepy baby….could be in a poster for a horror movie — and I mean that in a complimentary way! It is really really spooky!!! Ugh…those must have been some nightmares! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ So glad you didn’t have a halloween baby ๐Ÿ™‚
    Oh my, dreaming indeed. Those days of planning for college are fun ones….especially when you get them talking. Will this be your first one out the door? I remember that I used to think it was such a trite saying….we have them for such a short time…..but oh my, it really is true. Think of it as your son “changing studios” ๐Ÿ™‚
    Okay….continuing to look backward here so I can catch up. Also was busy writing again this morning, as all the poems in the “scheduled” category are now depleted.
    Wonderful weekend to you, my friend!

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    • This image scared me a bit and I drew the darn thing ๐Ÿ˜‰ Yes, the times go very quickly-too quickly. My daughter will be my first – my son will follow in 2 years. They are making it easy so far – they both do well in school and stay out of trouble ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad yo had a lovely family visit – those go by too quickly also…

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