Category: Poetry

King Hamlet Greets His Son by Hibah Shabkhez (Lucent Dreaming Issue 10)

Methought thou knew’st me better. To believeThe first ghost who came to thee with talesWas I! His forked tongue to goad and deceiveThee to some false step used the truth. What ailsThy wits, lad, thou dost goggle so? What, stillDithering? Some brave folly I must ownI longed for as much as dreaded. This willAnd won’t, this sighing and looking uponEven

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At the Mobile MRI Unit by Charlotte Murray (Lucent Dreaming Issue 10)

the nurse takes my temperature beforeI’m allowed in, scrunches her faceinto a budding flower, then laughsand says, well according to this you’re coldenough to be clinically dead.I smile back. I could have told her that. I scan myself for metal, cataloguingmy bare ear lobes, my loose jumperand leggings, unadorned by poppers, zips,necklace or rings. I feel oddly naked,basic, newly made,

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Bridesmaid by Charlotte Murray (Lucent Dreaming Issue 9)

I think I was more excited than the bride.Never had I felt silk against my pasty skin,tightened at the waist in imitation of thewoman I might become. Shop thrummedwith words I’d never heard before – ivory,cinched, floral, embroidered – but alltasted of marshmallow. And the shoes! Pointy and fine, silverspangled, how I imagined Cinderella’sslippers might be. Never had I thought

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sleep paralysis by Jessamine Liu (Lucent Dreaming Issue 9)

Due to limited control of our formatting on posts, the formatting of the following poem is incorrect. idle hands frame my body nakedin bed, I lay flat as the cold sends kisses down my skin curlingmy toes as spasms ripple up my thighs thunderroars within my hip bones digginginto spring mattresses and linty blankets I flitbetween thoughts and fragmented dreams

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soul food by Hatice Acikgoez (Lucent Dreaming Issue 9)

sometimes i want to eat language feel my mouth wateringas i think about the delicacyof beautiful words explore the crunchinesswhen i bite into each letter i want tosoak the alphabetin milk and honey tingle the tip of my tongue with syllablessearch for deep bitterness in consonants eat myself to lifeas silky smooth vowelstrickle down my throat enjoy a dish made

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Lodestone by Kevin Risner (Lucent Dreaming Issue 9)

I hold a lodestone. Take note:An unassuming object, a piece of rock seenOn trails, near a sparkling stream, in hazy morning. Crouch down and pick up the one that catchesMy eye. A shape unlike any other shape.Uniqueness, that’s what’s truly magnetic. What if some mythic beast learned where north was,Knew where to turn every single time, every single day,Didn’t need

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Rainforest Cafe Proverb by Charlotte Knight (Lucent Dreaming Issue 9)

baba yaga kicks at our tree trunk table for two, which letsout a hollow, plastic sound. artifice! she hisses. we arebeing scammed, moya kroshka! the animatronic elephantbehind us lifts its trunk in protest. baba yaga leaves thetable and begins to examine other animals. she strokesan oversized frog, flicks its red, glass eyes. she pulls at abutterfly’s robotic wings. baba yaga,

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Fantasised Future by Abigail Christine Carlton (Lucent Dreaming Issue 9)

Once upon a time… Scales of man-made monsters twinkled against the moonlit skytaking on the simultaneous forms of clouds and of stars.Winged counterfeit chameleons lurked aboveour heads, huffing and puffing smoke trails behind them likebreadcrumbs. machines mimicking mighty beasts of legendreducedto man’s overseas driver. The grass,permanently one inch tall, is wolfeddown by bony bunnies before they hop downtheir manholes, wheezing

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On My Chest by Madalena Daleziou (Lucent Dreaming Issue 9)

Some nights an impsits cross-legged on my chesthe never said his namenor that I’ll get a son backif I guess it by the third day(I wanted no son in the first place)he only said his name starts with an “a” (anxiety attackarrhythmiaanonymity) and he grinned and he laughedpale and bloodlessagainst the velvet darka playful impwho has never heard ofmindfulness and

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