Photo Challenge #16 “Portrait” – Monster


Image Gabriel Neffke



Ripped apart

Words describing

The impact of knowledge.

Why we asked?

What happened?

The little boy who grew into a monster



Death considered too good for him.

You wondered where you went wrong?

Could you have been a better parent?

His angelic appearance

Belied his evil intent

A demon within him

Sent him spiralling, plummeting

Into an abyss of hopelessness

With those around him his nemesis

Constantly at him

Crowding his thinking

Where explosions occurred

With increasing monotony.

Society worried



Not the why but the when.


A mother looks on across a room

A man she no longer recognises

Stands before his people

His life laid bare

His fate now beyond any concern of hers.

Tears build

Within her heart a crack appears

From which no surgery will ever repair.

Her face pained in expression

Watches her boy, destroyed.

The gulf within her wrenches wider.

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11 Responses to Photo Challenge #16 “Portrait” – Monster

  1. Wow Michael this is absolutely gut-wrenching powerful powerful poem you’ve composed

  2. This is strong, I swapped the boy for the girl. Powerful write Michael.

  3. arushiahuja says:

    for some reason the frst stanza reminded me of Frankenstein … very strongly narrated!!

  4. RoSy says:

    I sense a theme with your recent posts.

    As always – i enjoy visiting YOU & your blog. 🙂
    Hope you are doing well.

  5. JackieP says:

    Now that was interesting Michael. Very strong and vivid capture of a man who was not what he looked like and a mother’s grief.

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