2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 3

Today’s prompt comes from Joshua Gray.

Here’s Joshua’s prompt: Write a poem that scares you. It could be a scary movie or ghost story poem. It could be a poem about a secret in your past. It could be a poem about your worst fear. It just needs to bring up a scary/fearful/uncomfortable emotion as you write.

Robert’s attempt at a scary poem:

“Attack of the Critics”

They descended upon the restaurants first
critiquing each soup and dessert. Waiters
ran for cover before they bum-rushed all
the theaters. From Shakespeare to Miller,
directors quaked with fear. And then, they
turned their attention to books, movies,
even television shows. Nothing was safe.
The critics became mothers, husbands,
and teachers. The critics criticized other
critics. Eventually, everything became
a critique of a critique of a critique.


Thanks to Joshua for the prompt. Click here to learn more about him.

If you’d like to share a prompt, send me an e-mail at robert.brewer@fwmedia.com with the subject line: November Prompt. There are still slots available.

As far as the commenting, I realize many people are having trouble getting their comments to post the first (or twentieth) time. I apologize for this problem, and our tech team is aware of it. However, I think we’ve always had commenting problems during challenges–even on other blog platforms. So yeah, I’m extremely sorry if you’re having problems. Even if you can’t comment during the month, you are allowed to submit a chapbook manuscript for that part of the challenge (just in case you’re wondering).


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175 thoughts on “2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 3

  1. Juanita Lewison-Snyder

    The SIDS Tango
    by Juanita Lewison-Snyder

    For weeks now
    she has sat in the dark keeping watch,
    fearing yet another to be taken away
    before parenthood has a chance to vine
    and grow petals for good this time —
    that dangerous age between birth and a year.
    Ten perfect fingers
    ten perfect toes
    a tiny cherubic face matched only by
    a precious mop of golden curls.

    However, this time
    she is ready for the gauntlet
    down the Valley of Death
    with round-the-clock nurses
    armed with the latest technology,
    twin power grandmothers, and most especially
    an anxiety-ridden stay-at-home-husband
    ready to fall on his sword if need be.
    House blessings and Majick aside,
    she leaves nothing to chance.

    You must understand
    that lives touched by Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
    are hollow and haunted at best.
    Years later she can still remember
    the suckle and smell of each one,
    as well as the echoes each passing left.
    Pain and Guilt, Loss and Grief
    all have to embrace it,
    process it, then like Moses
    set the basket among the river reeds
    and just let go.

    But not today —
    today she must armor up for the gauntlet.

    © 2012 by Juanita Lewison-Snyder

  2. ivywriter

    scary moments

    last week

    I watched Poltergeist on Halloween

    that classic scary movie

    from the 80s

    with the pre-paranormal-esque

    somewhat believable

    story line

    about houses built

    on top of the graves

    of long lost relatives

    who returned to haunt the present

    the shady real estate brokers

    and the revenge of the underdog

    a throwback of memories

    considering the recession

    houses in foreclosure

    families in disarray

    estate sales

    and somehow trendsetters

    manage to make downsizing

    to apartment living

    chic and cool again

    scary movies

    morphing into real life

    make zombies and serial killers

    look like kindergarten

    c) Kellea Tibbs and march thirty one, 2012. All Rights Reserved. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of original march thirty one material without express and written permission from the author and/or owner is strictly prohibited.


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