Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write a scary poem.

For today’s prompt, write a scary poem. It’s Halloween season in our neck of the woods, but scary is not limited to only werewolves, witches, and vampires. No, there are deadlines, breakups, and finances that scare people as well, not to mention homework, heights, and public speaking. So ponder the scary recesses of your mind and then poem the scary out.

Remember: These prompts are springboards to creativity. Use them to expand your possibilities, not limit them.

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Here’s my attempt at a Scary Poem:

“peripheral,” by Robert Lee Brewer

the scariest things always lurk
just beyond where my head jerks

i feel them looking from afar
but i can’t find where they are

late at night when the trash goes out
i’m sure they’ll confirm my doubts

but i’m so sly and so cunning
i don’t look while i’m running

from my front door out to the curb
and back so quick unobserved

the scariest things always hide
just beyond my line of sight

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