The light grows dim.

Night enfolds me

in a heavy blanket.

Kiss on my forehead.

Whispers of sweet dreams –

snuffing out candle light.


The peace doesn’t last long.

Phobetor awakens me

in the hush of the night.


His cold breath icy

on my chest

as he clutches my heart.


His fingernails tear

into my flesh.

“I want you to never forget.”


“Nightmares,” he says –

“aren’t always just in your head.

The ones which beat

in your heart won’t fade.

You’ll come to understand

every night, I’m here.

Bitch, be afraid.”



Phobetor is the Greek god of nightmares


Illustration & Poem By Poet Rummager




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42 Comments on Phobetor

  1. I quite enjoyed this poem. I really loved the ending!

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  2. Taking some strong dark turns of late, aren’t ya? Loved the poem and am really enjoying your artwork as well. Was unable to respond to your queries via my blog for some reason. The answer to the first is sure, thank you. The answer to the second is sure, just don’t hurt me. 🙂

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    • Thanks Oggy! Well, SlasherMonster is for the dark stuff. Monster art is fun, and I appreciate that you’re enjoying my illustrations. Fly helps with the background and making the art “pop.”

      Great, Friday then — all right!! Haha; aw, not even a little bite? I’ll contact you again when we’re ready to post,

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  3. I love the poem and the illustrations. Don’t think I want a night visit like that.

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  4. Haha — bitch, be afraid.

    Yeah. I agree. Be very afraid.

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  5. The nightmare that won’t quit. Definitely something to scream about all night long.

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  6. Love this one! ❤ so sweet !!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Monochrome nightmares // June 28, 2016 at 3:51 pm // Reply

    A deliciously dark poem Rose.
    Just the way I like ’em.
    Love the artwork as well. 💀

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  8. Last line is soooo punchy 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  9. A pleasure to read your work, Rose, and the artwork is intriguing. I like it. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Love how I t builds
    love the ending

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  11. Phobetor hasn’t been visiting me for a while. Damn! I miss the nightmares.

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  12. I love that
    last part
    Let’s get real

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  13. Phoenix Risen // September 4, 2016 at 4:09 pm // Reply

    I love nightmares, when I wake up in the middle of one I always want to fall asleep again and jump back in!

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