Almanac Poetry: Archetypal Dream


[A perturbed young woman fast asleep. Stipple engraving by J.P. Simon, 1810, after himself. Wellcome Collection gallery. Wikimedia Commons.]


Archetypal Dream


You wander into a forest etc.
The trees are straight and tall etc.
A large black bear appears etc.
You are pursued etc.
The woods become thicker etc.
You arrive at a clearing etc.
The bear seizes you etc.
You fear for your life etc.
But you are surprised etc.
You both start to dance etc.
Let’s twist again
like we did last summer








(Acknowledgement: poem first appeared in Lionheart Summer, Picaro Press, 2011; reprinted by Ginninderra Press in 2018.)



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Kevin Densley is a poet and writer-in-general. His fourth book-length poetry collection, Sacredly Profane, was published in late 2020 by Ginninderra Press. He is also the co-author of ten play collections for young people, as well as a multi Green Room Award nominated play, Last Chance Gas, which was published by Currency Press. Other writing includes screenplays for educational films.


  1. Jarrod_L says

    Love the straight line narrative into the surreal aspect, KD.

    Reminds me a bit of this:

  2. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks, JL.

    The clip you provided is certainly interesting and strange – I’ve never seen it before (my poem was originally written more than a decade ago, before the song was released), but I can see the reason for your comparison.

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