Dreams, according to Sigmund Freud, are a reflection, a stirring up of our subconscious mind...an expression of our fears, aspirations, desires, longings, yearnings entwined into one whole to produce images in our state of slumber...psychoanalyze this...

Hot Desert Sands (A Nightmare)

I had a dream,
I was alone,
On a desert vast and bare,
The sun was shining harsh on me,
In the middle of nowhere...
All around was hot dry sand,
As far as the eye could see
The reflections off the glittering sand,
Were blinding my eyes in glee,
My lips were parched,
My throat was dry,
My skin on a cracking spree
The sand would get into my eyes,
The eyes smarted,
I could hardly see...
The gleaming sand threw up mirages
I could see the hot air rising
Shimmering like the Sea
And I knew, they were mirages,
I kept chasing those glittering beams,
In hope-against-the-hope-
A habit with me it seems-
There was not a soul in sight,
Nor an oasis I could see...
A wind rose up,
A storm broke up,
Sand was whirling up the sky,
Sand was gritting in my eyes,
In my mouth, on my tongue
Sand was everywhere
I could not see a thing:
I thought I would be buried-alive,
Buried-alive, to be fossilized,
In this hot, hot land,
My bones would turn to ashes,
Carbon, oxygen, hydrogen,
Oh! The macabre thought!
Strange shapes conjured up
The whirling wind with the sand,
Like demons in the sky:
They seemed to mock at me-
I felt like Lear in the storm-
Only he was cold and I was warm,
Nay! Hot, very hot!
Like burning in hell!
Like, being roasted alive!
Terror stricken, with fear wrought,
I looked up heavenwards;
Prayed to God; sheer desperation:
Give me strength to bear it all!
Oh! God! Just once,
Just once!
Get me out of this infernal hell...

God, probably took pity on me...
I woke up sweating profusely:
Is this a dream?
Nay, a Nightmare!
My imagination,
Just my fear,
Of finding myself
In the middle of nowhere...?

Aythor: Zoya Zaidi
Aligarh (UP), India
Copyrightę: Zoya Zaidi

Poetry by Zoya Zaidi
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Written on 2006-02-26 at 09:03

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Kathy Lockhart
you imagery is so very vivid and reached deep within me like those deserts sands. While reading this, i felt the pangs of anxiety welling up inside me. That is a great of sign of great writing! I was feeling the suffocation and the heat. Well done my talented soul sister!

Oh dear, that is one frightening fear. But you know that can never happen there are far too many people that care about you.

Oh dear, that is one frightening fear. But you know that can never happen there are far too many people that care about you.

I am VERY much into dreams and their meanings, and will try and figure this one out!

Rik The PoetBay support member heart!
Hot stuff:-) Not a nightmare i would wish to find myself in. Brilliantly portrayed.

*shudder* This scares me! I've always been afraid of sandstorms...chillingly, beautifully written!

liz munro The PoetBay support member heart!
You have used and EXCELLENT metaphor for fear.
Well done.

Bekim Rauseo
Zora, you know how i feel about Shakespeare and the way you used Lear in this poem is OH MY GOSH!!! and guess what i am studying King Lear for this academic year at school!!!

Malin Johansson
This was very good, the last sentence did it all and all in the poem maked sense to me... we are all standing in thoughts of being nowhere, and you discribes it well Zoya Zaidi!!!


Hi ! ...Very stirring stuff . Agree with all said below . Makes me never to go near a desert or whatever , but no , tis a good read . Well done Z ... Glen ( GB )

John Ashleigh
Not only did you describe the feelings of being abandoned and being scared, but also you added a little extra spice when you comnntributed the demon looking sand storms that flew above your head.

So much imagery, bravo. xxx

Ooh, I really love this one.
You can really see the text in pictures,
it's so detailed..
And the finishing lines are just
magnificent :)


Very interesting! Don't know what else to say though, except that the 5 is well earned and deserved!!