poem a day, day 3!

napowrimo #3: scared yet? It’s daunting to take on a commitment as large as NaPoWriMo, but here you are. Today is Day 3, and you are facing your fears. Read Write Poem member Joseph Harker thinks there’s a poem in that; here’s his prompt for you:

Write about something that scares you. It could be tarantulas or your significant other cheating on you or an existential fear of the unknown so long as it unsettles you. Describe it in the most vivid language possible!

Sometimes by articulating our fears, we strip them of their power. (But don’t go too far! A little fear is good to have.)

OK, my fear...


like the crushing darkness of the sea like a spider's needle legs like every groaning floorboard of every ancient farmhouse like the echoing drops falling from a dumpster in a lonely alley like the tongue of a snake feeling for its prey like a biting draft slithering down your back like the silence of 3 in the morning like the glow of lights in the graveyard

like a crawling shadow bleeding more black

are the marionettes


under our beds in our closets downwind of our dreams