Better Go Back to Sleep by Bogdan Dragos

A group of mannequins against a reddish backdrop of destruction and the lead mannequin has its eyes taken out
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the body awakens

once more

without the mind’s


It’s evening

Slept through the whole


and another night

of staying alive

stretches ahead

more hours of


when will it end,

when will it all be over


Uh, not the time to get

out of bed yet.

Better sit and think

about the dream

the dream of a black


locked in a big room

full of mannequins

that stare at him

and some

of them point

with their rigid arms

The dog shows his

fangs and

starts tearing them apart

one by one

until not a single

stupid mannequin is left on

its rigid feet

then everything feels


the room lightens


It’s been the best

goddamn dream in

a long, long while

Dogs deserve their revenge

upon the world

Even if it’s just a dream

You can’t meet in


characters that you haven’t

met in real life


The mannequins then…

they were all

there, weren’t they?

In real life

they were around the dog’s


as it stuck out from

the bag

and cried at the darkening


Their rigid hands buried

the dog

in the bag

in a shallow grave

but let the head out

then their rigid feet

marched closer,

pushing the

lawnmower towards the


their own heads

thought of nothing

as they did it

cared nothing for the child

watching them

Mannequins don’t hear


and don’t know how to

reply to them

They are so



always so


It’s because they live with

no meaning,

no purpose

Oh, it’s becoming harder

and harder

to keep away from

becoming one of them


Better go back

to sleep

for now

If possible


Bogdan Dragos supervises casinos for a gambling company, working twelve-hour shifts locked in a dark office full of TV monitors. There he mostly daydreams and writes poems and stories. He also manages a poetry blog Daydreaming as a profession.

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24 Comments Add yours

  1. Terveen Gill says:

    Bogdan’s poems are usually open to personal interpretation. His words are gusty winds of emotions, memories, actions, and terrifying consequences. As he mentions, dreams (or nightmares) mirror realities that have often been submerged in the subconscious mind. These mannequins have definitely lost their minds and that poor dog had to pay with its subduable innocence. Maybe going back to sleep is the best option.
    Congratulations Bogdan!

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    1. (ノ  ̄ ω ̄)ノ Thank you!

      Yes, going back to sleep is often the portal out of a nightmare :))

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Midian Poet says:

    Bogdan, good work……. and no sleep, no shallow graves ! JUST POETRY ! If we write hard…we must harder !
    / 🙂 /

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    1. (๑•̤́ᗜ•̤́) Thank you!


  3. Jane Aguiar says:

    Sleep breaks for some reason only when the body is tired and needs rest. The character in the poem realizes this and feels good going back to sleep, It is better to sleep without thinking about the dream.

    It’s my opinion, Bogdan (✷‿✷)

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    1. (● ・ω・)b Great advice, Jane! Thank you 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Jane Aguiar says:

        (。・ω・。)ノ♡ most welcome, Bogdan 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

  4. Fantastic imagery!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. ʕっ•ᴥ•ʔっ Thank you!

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Jane Aguiar says:

    (。・ω・。)ノ♡ most welcome, Bogdan 😃

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Nicole Smith says:

    Creepy and uncomfortable, I like it.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Thanks! 🙂
      Those are my favorite as well ◉‿◉


    1. ₍ᐢ•ﻌ•ᐢ₎


    1. (人◕ω◕) Thank you very much, Jonathan!


  7. Felic says:

    This is great.I like the dark, bizarre things you come up with.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. (งᗒᴥᗕ)ง Thanks!!

      Very much appreciated! 🙂


  8. jonicaggiano says:

    Dragos I don’t know how I missed this post. What a great piece filled with emotion and many thoughts, very disturbing but very interesting. I guess I can’t help but wonder if you see the same people going through the same routines every night at the casino and that they appear like mannequins. The routine of life can be depressing if you have a rigid schedule and you have to physically go to work. We all have habits that we get use to. Great piece a big congratulations my friend. PS I hope you are not having this horrific dream. Blessings Dragos!

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    1. ( つ✧◡✧)つ Thank you, Joni!

      Indeed, quite a lot of things are happening exactly the same every night or day at the casino, and people do tend to appear like mannequins.
      But while observing them from a distance you can’t help but notice that it’s the kind of scenario where a thing (in this case the mannequin) is worn down by repeated action in time. And one day… it all breaks down…


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      1. jonicaggiano says:

        It must be great therapy to write about what you see. I was thinking this while I was reading it out loud to my husband and he too, said he suspected that might be where the creativity came from. You are a household name in our home because it is such a cool name but also because we both enjoy your work so much. I am sure you have seen some sad things for sure. Blessings my friend and again, great writing. 🦋🌹

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        1. ⋐(ల◕◡◕ల)⋑

          Wow! Thank you so much!!
          This feels so good to know 🙂
          It’s also true that writing is very much a way to find meaning in the everyday life, and of course, a form of therapy 🙂

          Blessings and hugs ヘ(^‿^ヘ)

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        2. jonicaggiano says:

          You are most welcome Dragos, it is wonderful to read you and I am not the only one to think so, your writing is different but has so much to say. I am grateful that Terveen gives all of her writers lots of creative space. PS love those emojis – Have a great week, I hope that you see someone who dazzles your senses by acting completely different then everyone else and you are taken back! (Can’t wait to read that piece) Hugs and love, Joni

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