Writing Prompt # 95 – Phantasmagoria – February 22, 2015


There’s a couple next door

Young and newly married

They sing each morning

They are as most would expect

Devoted, in love

The most perfect of neighbours.

I watch as the woman

Young and beautiful

Collects herbs and produce from her garden.

Through her kitchen window

She chops and prepares

Her daily soup

It’s such a delight.

As evening descends a change occurs

Manicured fingers take on fierce talons

Youthful beauty morphs to crone like

Her pointy nose a wrinkle hook

Her teeth lengthen, around a flash of gold.

Perfect posture is bent and menacing

Her angelic voice cackles in expectation

Of nightly pleasures and sinful bounty.

The soup bubbling happily all morning

Now is agitated, steams and thickens,

The pleasant aroma no longer present

Putrid gases invade your nose

The crone and her husband apprentice

Chant in tones to chill your spine.

The substance rises as if alive

Towers triumphant sweeps the room

The crone hysterically crows

As goo and ghoul interact

A film of blue, of gold of red

As if the once soup

Is now to be bled.

Flashes of light blinding and binding

Then a darkness, a pulsing hum

The crone can be heard,

Raving feverishly incantations,

Hideous and loud

Over and over

I block my ears

Shut tight my eyes

Willing this nightmare away.

I awaken as first light appears

It is quiet, peaceful, as dawn should be.

A light is on, my neighbours have risen

Fussing about as morning requires.

I see the young woman

Harvesting her garden

Singing a song

Of expectation and magic.

She looks up at me

Nods to my presence

There’s the flash of gold

I recall from my dream?

Written for: https://mindlovemiserysmenagerie.wordpress.com/2015/02/22/writing-prompt-95-phantasmagoria-february-22-2015/

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12 Responses to Writing Prompt # 95 – Phantasmagoria – February 22, 2015

  1. Oh my! What a vivid portrait you painted of this woman I was enraptured!

  2. I love how a picture can bring about so much. Excellent story, had me in, my friend.

  3. mandy smith says:

    Oh my, that took an unexpected twist and had my stomach in knots. What a fright and I’m hoping it was only a dream!

  4. Jen says:

    Oh, beautifully eerie!
    I bet he’s very, very careful to be a good neighbor after this 😉

  5. phylor says:

    I would not accept a container of soup if I were the narrator!
    beautiful, dream-crone, beautiful — great take on prompt.

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