Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

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Poem: "Building Suspense"

Here is another poem from the October 13, 2009 Poetry Fishbowl. This one was prompted by whuffle and sponsored by dormouse_in_tea.

Building Suspense

It was a place
that lay abandoned in the sun,
still smelling faintly of fear and despair.

It was a place
that people preferred to avoid
even before it was abandoned, but now
the old mental hospital was positively repellant.

It was a place
that would have been easier to avoid
if it had stayed in the same space, but no,
it moved – or seemed to move –
and at any rate the fire department was tired
of hearing it had burned down
only to find it lurking on its lot in the morning.

It was a place
that the crazy people had said was alive
but nobody believed them
until it was too late.

It was a place
banished from its own dimension, alone here
except for its food, which sometimes it spoke to.
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