Flashes of Pain

Flashes lash out quick as lightning;
a thousand pound weight on my chest.
I can't breathe or scream,
as I float to the ceiling.
You can't hurt me anymore.

I'm trapped here in this dream
but I'm awake.
This is too vivid, too real,
but I can't even feel.

I try to hold on, to clutch onto
a loved one's hand as I drown
in the flood.
You can't hurt me anymore.

I push away;
I need to grieve,
to breathe,
and not to choke
on the air stuck in my throat.

Rain falls from my eyes
and burns my cheek
You can't hurt me anymore.

I reach out a wary hand
and arms wrap around me.
Monsters only exist in nightmares,
don't they?

You can't hurt me anymore.