For today’s prompt, write a dark poem. Cave poems, poems at night, and no electricity poems–these are all appropriate for today’s prompt. Of course, dark has several other connotations as well. An underdog is often known as a dark horse, a villain may have a dark heart, and Batman is known as the Dark Knight. Heck, when I was little, I thought Darth Vader was Dark Vader.
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Here’s my attempt at a Dark Poem:
“taking pictures of a black hole”
i admit there are times i’m afraid of the dark
because of all the games my brain plays in the park
of my mind processing possible outcomes so
i fell i’m possessing an incredible ghost
or perhaps the spirit may be possessing me
& i’m the dark vessel through which the spirit sees
just as scientists can see the unseeable
i often fear i could be the unbeable
so if i tremble when i’m alone in the night
imagine a black hole consuming all the light
& know our heavenly bodies are made to end
by dissolving in space like a note never sent
& silence like darkness never ceases to breed
more feelings of longing & an unending need
Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53). He enjoyed writing a sonnet today; find more poetic forms here. Follow him on Twitter @RobertLeeBrewer.