Gloria (Rania's prompt contest)

by - Mr. Darcy   Sep 24, 2018

Over a yawning-morning-city,
birds stretched across
a strawberry-swirl sky.

All the long day
bustling-feet beat the streets;
whilst lorries, cars and bikes
chased the heat, until finally
smiling, it
tipped a hat,
to the wide-eyed-moon.

In the snouting-delving-dusk
a slavering stare
watched the street-walkers
patrol the heeled-stocking-corners.

Yesterday’s headline
wafts wide and
quakes on the pavement. . .

“The Alphabet Killer strikes
for the sixth night in a row!
Last night, Flora Moore, 24,
was lethally stabbed
with a single pencil
which, like the others, was
left, like a dart, in her eye”

…before, being wind-snatched.

“Are you lonely, honey?”
she says, playfully,
leaning into the car window

they drive for
just a few lonely-streets.

“what will it be, sugar?”
she, coos.

Back-lit, his eyes
Wider, his smile
G r o w s

Then, in a guttural growl:

“You're gonna die!”

Leathered-wing-beats crawled
across a glowering moon
as the lead-sharp pencil was raised. . .

Within a split-second,
fire-filled rage
snuffed all light

An explosion

Pomegranate brain
erupted as skull splinters
ricocheted, pebbling:
- windows
- lining
- seats

and. . .

as wiry globules
of psychopath were still
slithering onto the
Gloria wiped
her face
her gun and left
into the



- Mr. Darcy
© 2018


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  • 1 year ago

    by Em (marmite)

    Still in awe of this as I was when I read it in the thread

  • 1 year ago

    by Milly Hayward

    A macabre and murderous tale. Deliciously ghoulish. Loved it. Milly x

  • 1 year ago

    by Michael

    I have read this many times, and I just think of singing 'Gloria'... what you think of it so far..


    Michael :)

  • 1 year ago

    by Kitty Cat Lady

    Playfully dark and twisty with a nice dose of comeuppance to conclude it. The imagery is so well depicted that I saw it rather than read this poem.
    Totally fab and going into my faves :-) x

  • 1 year ago

    by Poet on the Piano

    Yes, yes, yes! I was waiting for you to post this lol.

    This reminded me of verse found in young adult books and was literally so refreshing to read because of how much the words moved on their own. It played out like a movie in my mind and I love the kind of badass ending of Gloria walking away victorious. The description in this kept me on my toes and the suspense was fun as usually I don't read a poem feeling that. And yes, although this was darker and obviously categorized as horror, I found this to be right down my alley.

    This kicked ass ;)

    • 1 year ago

      by - Mr. Darcy

      Thanks - Rania's contest really did produce some inspired writes. The serial killer theme was one I've been chewing over for a few weeks now, so I guess this was the result! lol
      I am glad you liked it. :O)

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