Sleep Paralysis

By Damien Knight

Drifting, eyes closed on the edge
Frozen to my bed, clinging
the weight on my chest
the sound of bells ringing
Drifting, voices in my head
Suffocating, try to scream
my voice empty, dead
fear owns me now
And I try to fall asleep
Or wake from this awful thing
but I can’t move, breathe
I feel the sleep demons sting
I pray, the voices mock
This cage, is my body
my brain is the lock
sleep paralysis

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