PAD 2014 – The Grim

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Day 27

The prompt today was to write a monster poem. Oh man, who would have thought a monster poem prompt would spark so many thoughts? Not I.  I only stopped writing because I have other responsibilities beyond poetry (though they are not nearly as fun). So the short of it is I wrote two poems for today maybe I will write the other two later. Here is the first. Oh and yes I should warn you they are both on the heavy side.


The Grim

There is a monster under my bed
it wants to shallow me whole
into an abyss
so dark, there is no light
for shadows to resemble you.

So dark I choke
on the thick – dry void
of nothingness.
No evidence of anything
not even the body I occupy,
other than the raging pain
of suffocation.

With news of a child’s death
you haunt my heart with memories
of how I could not save you.
There is a monster under my bed
that wants to swallow me whole.

To read more monster poems visit Poetic Asides

I am also playing in the Poets United Poetry Pantry for the first time. Come on over and raid the pantry with me.

15 replies
  1. Madhumakhi
    Madhumakhi says:

    I suppose guilt will always be the scariest monster under a person’s bed. I love the way you’ve made darkness loom as large as doom.

    • Delaina
      Delaina says:

      Thank you and I agree guilt and depression can be scary monsters. Thanks for reading and commenting. Cheers!

    • Delaina
      Delaina says:

      Yes it is, in this case I maybe need to spend more time with this dear little poem before I sent it of to face the world. Thanks for reading.

  2. Sherry Blue Sky
    Sherry Blue Sky says:

    The news of the child’s death – so sad, especially powerful is the line “you haunt my heart with memories
    of how I could not save you.” Very haunting.

    • Delaina
      Delaina says:

      The truest part of the poem for me thank you for reading and visiting my blog. Cheers!

    • Delaina
      Delaina says:

      Thank you for visiting. These were the truest lines in the poem and the closest to my heart.

  3. Grace
    Grace says:

    Dark theme but such monsters are real when we are facing problems or can’t deal with them ~ I’m scared to see what’s under my bed at night 🙂

    • Delaina
      Delaina says:

      Thanks for stopping by Grace. Mostly it is dust bunnies under my bed but our regrets and grief and never burying to deep are they. Thanks for reading.

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