NaPoWriMo PROMPT: And now for our prompt! Our early-bird prompt this year (on March 31) was an ekphrastic poem. This is something similar — a poem written from a photograph. There are four below, one of which I hope will catch your fancy. But if you’ve a particular photo in mind that you’d like to use, go right ahead. Happy writing!
What do you see through Your Mask?
It does’t look like a haunted house.
The bunny statue peeks
o’er varigated leaves, innocent
as the field pumpkin; flowers
bloom in the well trimmed garden.
A seated skelton is only a prop, a seasonal
gag collecting dust in the closet
eleven months of the year, now
not even scaring kids
who trick or treat
to gobble candy
that will make them bones
before their day.
This neighborhood house
seems safe and warm,
not a place where walls tremble
or a single book falls
from a tightly wedged shelf,
not a haunted house.
Beware what looks safe,