A Bitter Surprise (haibun poetry and prose)

it all started but moments ago
i was wrenched from the thralls of a blissful dream
and dumped in the bitter dregs of reality
I can almost taste the sweetness of fantasy turn sour
as this living nightmare manifests
A scream! shreds through the night air
ripping the silence apart
and piercing deep into my slumbering heart
I twist through the tangle of sheets in my tent
flashing my phonelight about, searching...
but no, I'm alone!
Oh no!
my frantic heart skips a beat
and in that beat all becomes clear
That scream came from her!
duplicitous woods
with offers either side of midnight
pleasures before, horrors after
And now while i struggle through this tangled undergrowth
i can hear the whimpering pleas of her frightened voice
She's still alive! that strengthens my resolve
i slow my motions and stifle the slightest sounds
the night creatures are silent, not a single cricket chirps
i'm armed as well as i could be
stone in left! clubbing branch in right!
i see three others in that twilit clearing
standing around her kneeling frame
she's alive! that's all i need to know!
i leap out!
love's adrenaline
inflamed by pleasures of night
reckless and brave
I hear the calls and shouts
as my left hand strikes the nearest head
Beth runs towards me
waving her hands, screaming for me to stop!
lights blaze and glare all around!
I see cartons of beer!
I see a cake!
Was this my birthday surprise?!
I look down
Greg is dead!
and all is silent!

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Violet Lentz says:

    Ooops… Wonder if Greg’s offing was a planned part of the surprise……

    Liked by 1 person

    1. judeitakali says:

      Mehn, poor Greg 😥


  2. PoojaG says:

    Omg this one was a rollercoaster!! Great post as always!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thanks pooja, wanted your opinion on it🙃

      Liked by 1 person

      1. PoojaG says:

        You’re welcome!

        Liked by 1 person

  3. -Eugenia says:

    Wowza! Brilliant writing!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thanks alot, I’m glad you like it Eugenia

      Liked by 1 person

      1. -Eugenia says:

        My pleasure!

        Liked by 1 person

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