I am drowning in a sea in the street…alone…
no one is home and all the houses are dark.
I walk up the street. There are soldiers
everywhere. They are looking for me.
I hide in a car where a strange man
tries to unlock the door. I want to
scream, but nothing comes out.
I want to wake up…wake up…
but I am paralyzed and my eyelids won’t open.
Just outside my dream is another one,
where another stranger stands over me,
and I can’t open my eyes.
I can’t scream.
I can’t run away.
Ellison Walcott is a freelance writer and editor living in New York City. She derives her inspiration from politics, personal experience, pop culture and the arts. Her work ranges from traditional journalism to blogs, poetry, creative nonfiction, fiction and writing business proposals and grants. Her writing has been published on The garnet news.com, Huffington Post, regional and alternative newspapers, literary journals and national and international art magazines. Some awards she’s won include: a Pen American Grant, a Woolrich Fellowship, a Kentucky Foundation Women’s Grant, a Ropewalk Writers’ Retreat Fellowship, 2nd place in the Metrouniversity Poetry Contest, and an honorable mention from Discovery/The Nation Poetry Contest. Ms. Walcott has an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and an MA and BA in English Literature from the University of Louisville in Kentucky. She is currently working on her first book. She will be attending the Thread At Yale program 2017. She is also following the 2016 presidential election on her blog thepoliticalcountdown.com, as well as writing about New York City and other topics on dearcitygirl.com.