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Competition Entry: Dream On

I am running 
Running as fast as I can
Heart pounding, lungs burning
Scurrying through the undergrowth
Frantically dodging and stepping

I am frightened
Oh, so frightened
For they are close now
So close
Seeking me out

But then
Then there is a second
A breathless second of calm
Have they lost the scent?
Trembling, I hide

I close my eyes and imagine
Imagine I am home
Home with you, my love
Safe and full of life
Comforted by your touch

And I dream
Dream that for a moment
A single moment in time
There is peace
Peace in the world

A cry shatters the illusion
They have found me
And once more I am fleeing
Fleeing as fast as I can
Desperately hoping

But I am exhausted now
So exhausted
My fear is gone
I will run no further
And soon my clock will stop

I imagine the end
And I am overcome
Overcome with sadness
That I will not wake again
To witness another dawn

My last thought is of you
And finally
Finally, it is over
And I am at peace
Peace at last

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