Saturday, March 11, 2017

to recoil back on life's woes

                                                                     Authors: London, Jack, 1876-1916 
                                                                                      Frank Tirro Collection
Image: Under Extreme threat (here)

The Shadorma a stanza of six lines
(sestet) with syllabic count of  3/5/3/3/7/5.
with no set rhyme scheme.

stunned red-eyed
horror of horrors
never had
been long while
through the senses when it came
stuck in memory

seemed unreal
dripping bloodstained teeth
scary bit
no shuteye
imagine having such dreams
for full-grown adults

what went wrong
were spirits disturbed?
warning signs
bad feng shui
to recoil back on life's woes
make amends and reap rewards

Bastet at MLMM's Saturday's Mix
-  horror 
Mary's at PU's Poetry Pantry #344


  1. Scorning one can sure come back to bite you in the butt, sometimes literally lol

  2. I think we need to face the fears, at least so we know what we are fleeing from

  3. Some things will come back to haunt us later.

  4. Yes, a tricky one - but you make the form work for you here and also for your somewhat haunting topic...

  5. Oh dear, things that go bump in the night! Interesting poetic form. Well drawn drama.

  6. I can feel the impact of the dream in the flow of your words. Scary indeed.

  7. Especially like the final two lines in your last stanza.

  8. Thank you for this adventure down this dark road

  9. amidst this nightmarish memories 'bad feng shui' made me smile...

  10. The subconscious has a way of sneaking up on one, Those time you have to ask yourself where did that come from, Happens. You used the form well here

    Thanks for dropping by and linking to my Sunday Standard at Lunch Break this week

    much love...

  11. How about turning nightmares into fantasies? Thanks for this Hank!

  12. Nightmares force us to face some fears. I dislike them so much. But your poem describes this perfectly.

  13. I imagine it would be difficult to get some shuteye with things like 'dripping bloodstained teeth' running through one's mind!! Yikes.

  14. Better change that bedroom around, and fast! Lol!

  15. Ah yes, it would seem that the deeper fears never quite leave a person ... no matter the age! Nice use of the shadorma BTW, I really enjoyed your poem.