Nightmare by Melanie Flores

Poem title: Nightmare Poet: Melanie Flores Poem: Under an eggplant sky a shard of moonlight ricochets off an ancient chest. My hand hesitates on the lid - every muscle tenses. The hoot of an owl pierces the lethargy of the night. What treasure lies within? Precious jewels and gold? A bounty of wishes? Ancient scrolls scribed with the secrets of life? I tug at the weathered carapace the chest cracks open. A waft of vinegar escapes unleashing the horrors of the world. Cancer, mass shootings, ignorance, racism, pandemics and loneliness. I drop the lid and scream myself awake. I realize that my nightmare is real. End of Poem. Credits: Copyright © Melanie Flores Appears in the League of Canadian Poets’ Fresh Voices 21, edited by Joan Conway and Blaine Marchand Toronto-born Melanie Flores works as an editor/writer and audiobook narrator. Melanie has been a contest winner in national poetry competitions and her poetry has appeared in national and international anthologies. An Associate Member of the League of Canadian Poets since 2017, Melanie published her first chapbook, The She: An Exposé, in July 2019.


This poem first appeared in Fresh Voices 21, a project from and for the League’s associate members, edited by Joan Conway (Check out her personal blog!) and Blaine Marchand. The League’s associate members are talented poets who are writing and publishing poetry on their way to becoming established professional poets in the Canadian literary community. We are excited to be taking this opportunity to showcase the work of our associate members in this series!

Fresh Voices 21 includes poetry by: Lisa Alletson, Moni Brar, Neall Calvert, Melanie Flores, Michelle Hillyard, Frank Klaassen, Joseph LaBine, Josephine LoRe, John Oross and Nan Williamson.

Check out Fresh Voices 21