Shadow Monsters: August Writing Challenge

Written for M at puttingmyfeetinthedirt: https://puttingmyfeetinthedirt.com/2020/08/01/august-writing-prompts-3/#comments

My Monsters

When I’m home all alone  
 
And nobody’s around  
 
I jump at the thought  
 
The sight and the sound  
 
Of shadows that wander  
 
Alone in my house  
 
Watching me live  
 
Almost like my own spouse  
 
They hide in the corners  
 
And under the bed  
 
I try not to see them  
 
But they’re right in my head.  
 
I tell them to go home  
 
That my house is my own  
 
They even watch me  
 
When I’m on the phone.  
 
I have no idea  
 
Where these monsters come from  
 
All that I know  
 
Is that they think that I’m dumb.  
 
They snicker and laugh  
 
And tinker around  
 
They think they are quiet  
 
But I hear every sound  

I wish they would leave  
 
So that I’d get some sleep  
 
They’re ruining the days  
 
And the company I keep.  
 
No one believes  
 
That these monsters are here  
 
But I swear on my grave  
 
They stay very near. 
 
If they will not leave  
 
Then I may just give in  
 
I’m not sure if they’d hurt  
 
My delicate skin.  
 
For now I am here  
 
And I see them hiding  
 
but maybe that’s just me  
 
Imagining the whole thing.  

©2020 CBialczak Poetry

Prosery

Today Merill hosts at dVerse Prosery the prompt where we write prose no longer than 144 words that has to include a given sentence from a poem. https://dversepoets.com/2020/08/17/prosery-monday-a-time/

“when it is over said and done
it was a time
and there was never enough of it.”

Which comes from the poem “A Time” by Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, You may punctuate as you wish but you are not allowed to change the order of the words or inserting more words.

August 17, 2020

My reflections

Looking at life, as it goes swiftly by, there are times that have come and gone, some of which I would beg to come back. Losing my husband then losing my son, were the worst days of my life. Now my life continues, and love has found me this time. My heart breaks for what I lost but also swells with hope for the future. I want to love again and be loved again. I still have people to love and show my love to. Tragedy is just that, tragedy. It reminds us to not take life for granted and to hold precious those moments when we are with people we love.  We don’t know what God has in store for us for our lives and “when it is over, said and done, it was a time and there was never enough of it”. 

©2020 CBialczak

Share Your World 8-17-2020

Share Your World Meets Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

  1. Harry Potter can speak to snakes. If you were able to have conversations with any one animal, what animal would you like to speak to? What would be the topic of your first conversation? If I could talk to any animal I think it would have to be dogs. I just want to hear what they have to say about how they are treated and what they are really thinking. They always seem so happy, well the pets and the ones who are treated okay, but what really makes them happy? Is it their food or treats? Is it physical attention. I wish I had more money because I want to bring some of those poor dogs home from the shelters so they can die in a loving home.
  2. The portraits in Hogwart’s dormitories can talk. If your graduation portrait could speak to people passing it by, what would it tell them? My picture would be telling people passing by to stop and think about what they are doing and where they want to go. Really think about what kind of future you want, not what you think you should be. I wish I had that when I was in high school to see all the opportunities that were right in front of me.
  3. Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger use the Pollyjuice Potion for finding new clues for the happenings at Hogwarts. (The Pollyjuice Potion is a magic potion that allows your body to form into that of another and live their life for a few hours.) If you could transform into another being, who would you chose to be? What would you hope to learn?I think I would want to be a famous author. Maybe Graeme Base so I could figure out where his ideas come from and how he draws his fantastic illustrations.
  4. There was a flooding in the girl’s bathroom where Moaning Myrtle resides. What has been the most dangerous (or comical) ‘flooding’ where you reside? About six or eight years ago I had a work area set up in our basement where I made jewelry. I also had an area that had my cooking things, one spot for yarns, etc. I don’t remember if we heard a boom but the pipe that carries waste to the septic tank busted and exploded into the basement. Apparently, the pipe the builder used for the septic was the wrong size. Over all the years it just weakened and weakened…Until it was all over my basement. The point that actually broke, or exploded, was the part of the pipe directly over my craft areas. It was so gross. I don’t even know how much “money” I lost after that.

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Mundane or “Muggle” Questions:

(Serious one which is rather creepy):  How do you think you’ll die?  IF you do think about it? I try not to think about it. But I think I will die of old age.

What’s the best on-line screen name you’ve seen? “Best might mean the oddest. I can’t think of any names…Chewy maybe, from Star Wars…Nemo maybe…There are so many characters in the Disney “world” that would qualify.

What’s invisible that you wish people could see? Stupidity. Maybe a visible scale that floats above your head.

If over time you replace parts on a car, at what point does it stop being the same car you bought? How many parts do you need to replace to make it a new car? It’s not a new car until you replace the outside of it. All the inside parts are made in such bulk so that doesn’t matter. It’s really just the outside of the car that you see, that you really bought.

©2020 CBialczak


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For the next several weeks “Share Your World” will have two parts.  The awesome blogger, Roger Shipp, is the creator and host (if you will) of the first part.   He found a unique way of passing some of the quarantine time and that was from watching ALL the “Harry Potter” movies.   He came up with some really fun and intriguing questions (four a week for each movie) about the movie in question.   This week we visit “The Chamber of Secrets”.   I’m going to link to Roger‘s blog so you can post your link over on his blog OR you can do it here as usual.

I’m reiterating last week’s ‘disclaimer’:  Now I realize some folks have never seen nor read a single book or seen any movie about Harry Potter.   Therefore I’m going to do three or four ‘regular’ questions for folks who aren’t Harry fans.  It’s cool to do both sets OR just one or the other, as you wish.  

For Melanie and Roger: https://sparksfromacombustiblemind.com/2020/08/17/share-your-world-8-17-2020/