Saturday, January 24, 2009


in the middle of a hot summer night,
moon behind the cloud sheds orange light,
dancing fireflies are in a perpetual flight

tired, harried and hungry I arrive alone,
looking for a place to rest my tired bones
midst of nowhere, I see a house of stone

eerie silence permeates the surroundings
the sudden stroke of the clock enhancing
the hush. massive clouds above roaming

like phantoms playing without any care-
within walls, shadows have stillness to share
some unknown force beckons me into that lair

out of nowhere opens up a massive door
my legs giveaway, I fall down on cold floor
all my thoughts are on my body so sore

tentacles of what I know not, hit my heart
sweepingly seeping red fluid break it apart
to carry my deathless body they need a cart


- A - C - said...

"shadows have stillness to share"... for an unknown reason these words still resonate in me.

Linda Jacobs said...

This gave me goosebumps! You really evoke the scariness! And I like the rhyme!

Noah the Great said...

Ooh, this one's intense.

anthonynorth said...

Oh, I do love a good touch of horror.

Anonymous said...

Wow - this one is full of anxiety and panic (but that doesn't mean I don't like it, far from it!) I've been meaning to ask you this, if you care to explain (don't have to of course) - the reason you incorporate italics into your work. It makes it visually interesting, but I was wondering beyond that, how you determined which lines or phrases to single out this way.

Ken Wagner said...

I really enjoyed the rhythm, narrative, and tone. The "shadows" line is particularly memorable.

I am also interested in your use of italics.

floreta said...

i love the tone of this piece. very somber.

Granny Smith said...

"a house of stone" is such an vivid image of cold, setting the scene and tone for this metaphorical tale.

Stan Ski said...

Chilling, atmospheric - almost(or maybe) a nightmare.

totomai said...

like a scene in a horror movie. and i always enjoy reading / watching scary stuffs :-)

paisley said...

delightfully horrific!!

Sherri B. said...

Oh my gosh, so ghastly, yet gorgeously written! You had me at the first line and I held my breath...

Tumblewords: said...

Painful, these phantoms. Nice writing, vivid imagery that chills and scares.

nonizamboni said...

Oh, those shadows and seeping red fluids! powerful and haunting

LA Nickers said...

Love this one - and great title too!

Hey, today's prompt at MEME EXPRESS is PHANTOM.

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Whitesnake said...

Machine Head!