SMM 2017 Halloween Writing Contest: Burning Fears




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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24 thoughts 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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        1. I’ll surprise you with your very own Ivor’s goblin someday soon. I’m on my way to visit with my mom, bro, and Fly in the wee hours of the morning. It’s a 12 hour travel/flight time. Your goblin will make his appearance by Halloween. πŸ’‹


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