Poetry Friday ~ Photo Prompt

21 Feb

Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge: It’s the third week of the month! Time for a #PhotoPrompt

Photo Credit: Ritu Bathal

The clouds reflected the light of a full moon. For a while longer, I’ll be able to spot them at a distance, but that meant they would be able to see me, too. It’s difficult to know who’s side the moon’s on. As I searched for refuge, I moved quickly dissolving into shadows whenever I heard their creepy grunts and shrieks. The night was hot and humid making me feel sticky and sofocated. I couldn’t help thinking it might be too late for me to make it to safety tonight.

A golden light shone brightly in the distance. My heart rapped against my ribs in anticipation. It could be a safe house. I followed the light, and saw a house lit like a beacon beckoning me to come. A scream cut through the night sky followed by numerous growls. They were close. I gasped and hurried. The house seemed to bend forward like a mother trying to reach for her child to bring him to the security of her arms. If I could make it to the light I’d be safe. I heard a crash to my right, a garbage can rolled in my direction spilling its garbage and stench along the way. More growling sounds came from the gloom to my left. Behind me, I heard the unmistakable sounds of feet pounding the ground. I bolted down the bumpy uneven paving stones. Exhaustion threatened to wear me out as my legs turned to lead. They lurked in the shadows all around me. I don’t think I’m going to make it.

A

light shines

giving me

hope that I may

survive this nightmare

It guides me to safety

A house of refuge from pain

offering protection from death

by zombies in this apocalypse

Photo Credit: Yohann Libot @yohannlibot

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed the post. Have a great day!

39 Responses to “Poetry Friday ~ Photo Prompt”

  1. Colleen M. Chesebro at 12:57 pm #

    What a fabulous story and Nonet, Sis. I wondered what was going on… zombies… YIKES! LOL! I hope you had fun writing. Love it. ❤

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    • Vashti Q at 1:19 pm #

      I had a great time writing this small piece this morning. I wanted the poem to make the big reveal. 😉 I’m happy you enjoyed it. Thank you, Sis! ❤ xo

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  2. D.L. Finn, Author at 1:02 pm #

    I love this, Vashti! It was a surprise what they were running from. I had a lot of guesses, but was wrong, which is always good! Have a great weekend xo

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    • Vashti Q at 1:21 pm #

      I’m ecstatic that I was able to surprise you. I wanted to create suspense, and let the poem reveal the creature. Thank you! You have a fabulous weekend, too! ❤ xo

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  3. John W. Howell at 1:38 pm #

    Excellent, Vashti.

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  4. Miriam Hurdle at 1:48 pm #

    Very spooky and scary story, Vashti. I was nervous for him and wanted him to make it to the safety! Yes, it didn’t reveal until the last line of your poem! Well done. ❤

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    • Vashti Q at 4:33 pm #

      Yay! Thank you, Miriam. I’m excited that you enjoyed the post. Have a fabulous weekend, my friend! ❤ xo

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  5. My goodness, you had me so pulled into this that I could almost hear the growls

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    • Vashti Q at 4:38 pm #

      Woo-who! That’s always great to hear. Thank you! Have a terrific weekend, and watch out for zombies! 😉 ❤

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  6. olganm at 3:32 pm #

    More, more, Vashti! Great work!

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    • Vashti Q at 4:41 pm #

      That makes me so happy, Olga! Thank you, my sweet friend. I hope you’re having a terrific Friday night! Enjoy the weekend! ❤

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  7. balroop2013 at 3:46 pm #

    Your flash fiction is spot on Vashti, love your style of veiling the truth. The image is so creepy! Yikes!

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  8. coldhandboyack at 6:20 pm #

    That was intense. I hoped they were raccoons or something.

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    • Vashti Q at 10:54 pm #

      Raccoons?😂 I don’t think so, buddy. It’s hard to build tension in such a short story so I appreciate it. Thank you! Have a fantastic weekend!

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  9. yvettemcalleiro at 7:17 pm #

    I enjoyed this little story and poem. You did an awesome job drawing me in and making me feel the narrator’s angst. 🙂

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  10. judeitakali at 12:44 pm #

    oh gosh, yes, i enjoyed this very much

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  11. Jan Sikes at 4:41 pm #

    Wow, Vashti! You did a great job of taking this prompt to the dark side! Well-done!

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  12. Robert Crisp at 8:41 am #

    Fantastic. After a long break from writing (and reading blogs) I’m reemerging. Glad to have found you. : )

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Q at 2:53 pm #

      Hi, Robert! Welcome back to the writing and blogging world. I’m glad you’ve found me too. Happy writing! 😀

      Liked by 1 person

  13. robbiesinspiration at 12:40 pm #

    Oh wow, Vashti, very creepy and well done.

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  14. Natalie Ducey at 5:41 pm #

    Awesome story and poem, Vashti. High five, my friend! Wishing you a fabulous week ahead. xo

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    • Vashti Q at 2:38 pm #

      Hi, Natalie! Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed it. Enjoy Fridayjr and the weekend, my friend! ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  15. markbierman at 5:30 am #

    Nicely done, Vashti!

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  16. Annika Perry at 10:24 am #

    Wow! Vashti, both the poem and prose were intense … I’m sure I was grabbing the seats of my chair tightly as she neared the house, yet all the sounds around! Yikes! A great and inspired response to the prompt!

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    • Vashti Q at 2:41 pm #

      Thank you, Annika! Yay! I’m glad you felt the tension. I appreciate your visit and comment. ❤

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  17. D. Wallace Peach at 12:25 pm #

    I loved the prose part of this, Vashti. How chilling! I have to say I laughed at the last line of the etheree. Perfect! A fun post.

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    • Vashti Q at 11:49 am #

      Thank you, Diana. I’m ecstatic that you enjoyed the post! Have a happy Friday and weekend! ❤

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