Two black dogs
pulling me forward
The sensation in my head
was fuzzy  
My direction wavered
to the left
to the right
to the left again
Can I make it across the bridge?
I was flying
on the back of a dolphin
The ride was thrilling
until the descent
to ground 
Gravel in my knees
as I stared
at the dog collar
minus one dog
Not a dream
but light headedness
and blackout 
Kissing the pavement
before sending me
to la-la land
One patient dog
The other wrestled free
and ate the grass
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

Grace is hosting D’Verse Poets tonight and has prompted us with Stream of Consciousness writing. She explains that basically, its purpose is to emulate the passage of thought through your mind without any inhibitors. For that reason, sentences become longer, less organized and more sporadic in style. Its lack of structure is not for everybody, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t any order. Stream of consciousness permits deeper patterns of order to emerge, ones based on the genuine movement of information in your brain.


  32 comments for “Blackout

  1. August 17, 2020 at 2:06 pm

    This must have been terrifying… good that all went well in the end.

    • Christine Bolton
      August 17, 2020 at 9:29 pm

      Yes! It did scare me. Thanks Bjorn.

  2. August 15, 2020 at 4:31 am

    Blackouts could be lack of glucose in the system, or low BP. But I’ve never seen a poetic description of it. Kudos to you!

    • Christine Bolton
      August 15, 2020 at 8:47 am

      Thank you Reena. It was scary but all is ok. ☺️👍

  3. August 14, 2020 at 11:58 am

    Oh my! Writing about your frightening experience no doubt helped process it. Be safe out there.

    • Christine Bolton
      August 15, 2020 at 1:12 pm

      Thanks Helen. Yes, it was a head scratcher! I think it was due to some stress. A little disconcerting nonetheless 😳

  4. Beverly Crawford
    August 14, 2020 at 11:48 am

    Your stream of thought relayed a scary experience. So glad there seem to be no ill effects.

    • Christine Bolton
      August 15, 2020 at 1:13 pm

      Thanks Beverly. I was just happy it didn’t happen in the middle of the street 😳

  5. sanaarizvi
    August 14, 2020 at 10:53 am

    Yikes! A blackout can be intense and frightening. I felt every word.

    • Christine Bolton
      August 15, 2020 at 1:18 pm

      Thank you. It was certainly scary. 😳

  6. August 14, 2020 at 8:06 am

    What a scary experience. I hope you are fine now.

    • Christine Bolton
      August 15, 2020 at 1:24 pm

      Thanks Grace. Yes, all is OK thank goodness. The dogs too ☺️👍🥰

  7. August 14, 2020 at 7:02 am

    You’ve really captured the confusion and intensity. (K)

    • Christine Bolton
      August 15, 2020 at 1:24 pm

      Thanks K. I’m happy you ‘felt’ it ☺️🥰

  8. August 13, 2020 at 11:55 pm

    O gosh! That must have been an unnerving experience, Christine! I hope you are better now. Take care, dear. ❤️

    Your soc poem is lovely, though. 🥰

    • Christine Bolton
      August 15, 2020 at 1:23 pm

      Thanks Punam. It did scare me as I’ve never had that happen before. It was due to some stress so it can happen to any of us. Thank you for caring ☺️🥰❤️💕

      • August 15, 2020 at 4:48 pm

        You are welcome. I hope it is just one off thing. Stay well, dear. 🥰❤️

      • Christine Bolton
        August 15, 2020 at 7:16 pm

        Yes, just a one off 👍☺️💕

  9. August 13, 2020 at 11:52 pm

    Great poem!

    • Christine Bolton
      August 15, 2020 at 1:22 pm

      Thanks Sadje 🥰

      • August 15, 2020 at 7:47 pm

        You’re welcome 😉

  10. August 13, 2020 at 10:55 pm

    It was fun seeing where your stream of consciousness carried you. I’m glad we participated in this invitation. I will enjoy perusing your site, Christine. <3

    • Christine Bolton
      August 15, 2020 at 1:21 pm

      Thanks so much Jan ☺️

  11. August 13, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    Ouch! You took quite a tumble with your dogs… At least they stayed around and waited for you to get your head together! Well done Christine.

    • Christine Bolton
      August 13, 2020 at 11:08 pm

      Thanks Dwight. I was horrified when I saw the collar and leash laying there. O wondered if I fell on her (Big Lab) and she wiggled out or something. The other lab just waited patiently. I was happy I didn’t fall in the road 😳 One person was around and he came to help 👍

      • August 13, 2020 at 11:59 pm

        Wow! that really would have been scary!

  12. August 13, 2020 at 10:05 pm

    Oh Christen… black-out are a worry… I hope you’re ok…. I’m afraid I’ve had a few since my strokes… quite scary for me… especially the one when I was driving !!…

    • Christine Bolton
      August 13, 2020 at 11:11 pm

      Thank you for caring Ivor dear. Driving? Oh that scares me more than anything. Funny as I was writing that tonight I had palpitations. I drank a lot of tea today and took a headache medicine this afternoon that had caffeine in it. I was light headed too but I think I just overdid the caffeine. Fingers crossed. Everything else seems fine. I have been under some stress lately so that may have contributed to the blackout 😕

      • August 13, 2020 at 11:16 pm

        Ahh… stress/anxiety hover in brain near the ear balance functions…. that explains the light-headed giddy feeling… xx

      • Christine Bolton
        August 13, 2020 at 11:28 pm

        That does explain the blackout 🙂

  13. August 13, 2020 at 9:49 pm

    LOVE this.

    • Christine Bolton
      August 13, 2020 at 9:54 pm

      Thanks Lucy. That is exactly how it happened. A real blackout a couple of weeks ago. The dolphin thing was weird. I don’t think I have ever blacked out before so I guess you go into some kind of dream 😳

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