SMM 2017 Halloween Writing Contest: Burning Fears

Written By Ivor Steven




I’m frightened, and I’m too scared to wait.

And knowingly, I’m arriving late.

The ghouls are spying from the hill.

And lower fools are poisoning her will.

Underneath her, a wicker complete.

Above, she’s suspended from a stake.

The bonfire’s started, against the rules.

And the crowd’s rejoicing, as the fire drools.

Waiting agog, for her garments to ignite.

The flames are sparking for her, on this night.

And the mob’s listening for her ungodly screams.

But there’s not a whimper, within she beams.

And secretly, I see her black cat’s drowning tears

Are extinguishing all her burning fears.





Written By

Ivor Steven

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21 Comments on SMM 2017 Halloween Writing Contest: Burning Fears

  1. Great poem with an unexpected ending that made it even better.
    Wicked illustration, Rose. Sometimes I have the urge to get tattoos of your work, but I bet all the cool kids have beat me to it. πŸ˜‰

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  2. Thanks DD, I still read this poem in wonderment, and fear, of how ghoulish humans may be sometimes….. Would you like to use the art design that went with the poem, hopefully link attached.!Asumt4cZ9A65g8BqTGq1PILKWGHTHw

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  3. Ivor good to see you write something like this…and i did not expext the ending..

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  4. Awesome poem! πŸ™‚ I like wording, as much as meaning!

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  5. Love this one Ivor, screaming Too!

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