"Three Skeleton Key" Haunts Me

March 31, 2011
By , Roscoe, IL
I see “Three Skeleton Key” welcoming a scary sight
Shimmery and transparent images of rickety bones fill the dark night
Hordes and hordes of muddy and determined red eyed rats
Covering, smothering, hovering on the foggy, murky glass
They stare viciously into your unsuspecting eyes warning that you will be next
I see “Three Skeleton Key” guiding you to your death

I hear “Three Skeleton Key” silencing your incessant brain
Screeching, moaning, groaning forcing the sounds to play an unfair game
Steady breaths slowing, then stopping abruptly- only tiny laughs echo into vast emptiness
The creators, the monsters derisive and superior whisper in the shadowy darkness
Gnawing, blaring through the tower, the unmistakable pitter patter of feet
I hear “Three Skeleton Key” the rats want something to eat

I smell “Three Skeleton Key” rancid odors galore
Piercing, burning all nostrils from the outside to the core
Decomposing and moldy bodies, urinating vermin, fleas, and salty blood
Be glad the stenches here don’t terrorize your neighborhood
Smells of terrible hygiene, no baths to wash the funk of the day
I smell “Three Skeleton Key” for it will never go away

I feel “Three Skeleton Key” the coarse fur of fear
Red warmth dribbling down my limbs collecting into a pool that is never clear
Icy hands run up and down my spine- sending shivers to my bones
Burning beads blanket my forehead- sending my callused fingertips into a chilly home
The blood inside me set ablaze by rodents who are diseased and hungry
I feel “Three Skeleton Key” the rats under my feet are in a frenzy

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Danealle said...
Jul. 9, 2011 at 9:14 am
I agree with everyone! The use of imagery is outstanding! :) 
Softball_volleyball01 replied...
Jul. 11, 2011 at 1:10 am
Thank you!
poetsrock said...
May 3, 2011 at 12:55 pm
Amazing use of imagery - this poem is more alive than the original story!!  Keep writing, and send your poems to as many venues as you can find!
KatyB. said...
May 1, 2011 at 3:53 pm
That was totally amazing!!! I hope that you continue to write beautifully! =) Good Job, it couldn't have been better!
oi-oi-unkyda-ey said...
Apr. 29, 2011 at 10:34 am

What do I think? Well, et's see...

I think "Three Skeleton Key" Impresses Me

Good Job Dude!

TimS said...
Apr. 29, 2011 at 9:46 am
Very good.  I see shades of Poe here!
Jmquis said...
Apr. 29, 2011 at 9:11 am
Thi is so great! Love it...you never stop impressing me:)!
*Jess* said...
Apr. 28, 2011 at 5:59 pm
You did a great job on this poem! It couldn't have been any better.  You deserve to be in this magazine and don't let anyone tell you different ! :) 
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