The Ladies of Horror
Picture-Prompt Writing Challenge!
by Alex Grehy
Glowing rainbows fell bright
upon the earth, so beautiful
that no-one ever questioned
why they fell as bolts not bows.
Had aliens seeded legends of the
pots of gold? First capturing human
imaginations then their flesh and souls
as greedy men chased elusive riches.
Some, the lucky ones, plunged
over unseen cliffs, blinded by
their obsessions; others starved,
lost in impossible longings.
The colour attracted all who
could perceive it – monkeys, birds,
fish, all dying of exhaustion
chasing unattainable dreams.
Seeing only the white flash of lightning
and fearing the approaching storm,
dogs and cattle fled to the monochrome
safety of the barn and the simple comfort
of their beds in the fragrant hay.
Fiction © Copyright Alex Grehy
Image courtesy of Rie Sheridan Rose.
More from author Alex Grehy:
After a lifetime of writing technical non-fiction, Alex Grey is fulfilling her dream of writing poems and stories that engage the reader’s emotions. Her work has been featured by a wide range of publications including Siren’s Call, Raconteur, Bookends Review, and Toasted Cheese. One of her comic poems is also available via a worldwide network of public fiction dispensers managed by French publisher, Short Edition. Her ingredients for contentment are narrow boating, greyhounds, singing and chocolate. It is a sweet life, yet Alex’ original view of the world has led to her best friend to say ‘For someone so lovely, you’re very twisted!
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A fantastic poem.
Thank you – I always appreciate your encouraging comments – you are a great role model. 🙂
Thank you – it”s always a stretch to turn pretty images into horror 🙂
Frightening as the strange bolts themselves, Alex! The sweet horror of Armageddon!
Thank you, as always, for your encouragement 🙂
So vivid! I really enjoyed this. The photo is gorgeous too!
Thank you! The prompts are always so gorgeous 🙂