Saturday, September 4, 2010

Descent (Descant) into Madness


I admit to having gone a little off kilter with my Saturday Centus offering this week, but I haven't slept since my family got here, and I'm losing my mind. (Perhaps that explains the subject matter).

As usual, the prompt is in red; the other 100 words are mine, such as they are...


Descent (Descant) into Madness
A Memoir

It was a dark and stormy night;
my soul was changed forevermore.
If only I had barred the door,
to spare myself the awful sight.

To spare myself the awful sight,
I could have stayed within my bed
and pulled the covers o’er my head,
saved by the grace of human fright.

Saved by the grace of human fright,
I might have lived a life unmarred.
I might have loved and laughed, unscarred
by evil shrouded in moonlight.

By evil shrouded in moonlight,
my mind was dealt a killing blow.
We parted in the fading glow;
it was a dark and stormy night.

©2010 Susan Noyes Anderson

22 comments:

Cheryl said...

I had to look up descant to make sure I understood where you were going with this. I love the madness of this descent/descant.

Jess said...

It reminds me of an Edgar Allen Poe- it's fantastic!

Hope you've had fun with your family, and I hope you get some sleep

Amy said...

This is you on no sleep? Please share the talent. I love it! This just may be one of my favorites. And now I have chills. Good job!

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Sue honey don't loose it completely into Madness we would miss you too much.
Great writing here and hard to imagine doing something like this with no sleep.
Get some rest and keep writing
Love
Maggie
Oh I love your post about the surprise left by the elves

Darlene said...

Still can't understand how you can write poetry so quickly, and especially this type of poetry. I love it. This is one of the most interesting poems you have written. I forgot what you call this way of writing. I tried it once and didn't like my outcome.

jfb57 said...

Crickey! This is heavy stuff - really great!

Jenny said...

Does your husband know?

That you an Edgar Allen obviously had a big old fling where you absorbed his writing style. Or perhaps he absorbed yours.

This was really incredible.

Maybe you should become sleep deprived more often if this is the result.

I just sit in front of the screen writing "The quick brown fox jumped over the..." Hmmm.... I just forgot how that typing exercise goes.

Get some rest!

This was great!

My name is PJ. said...

Two words: Awe-some!

I loved it! Of course I did!!!

Terra said...

Wonderful. I too had look up descant (feeling a bit dumb) and I too hope you write on no sleep more often...this was simply wonderful.

Bookie said...

Very unique! And must have taken a lot of extra work...while sleepless.

Kaelin said...

this is fabulous!

Viki said...

Wow, this was very good. I wish I could write like this on no sleep. Fantastic.

karen said...

Scarey. But different. It had a lot of style in a shivery goosebumpy, I'm going crazy kind of way. Thumbs up.

Pelican Joe said...

Wow! Twice! Is that legal?:) Just Kidding!

Dixie Mom said...

Wow...you really know how to change things up! Your sleep deprivation shows another clever side of you.

Katie said...

I'm sure my inlaws aren't sleeping now that we're in town. Luckily they weren't here last night when I was up ALL night with a teething baby! Hope you get your rest soon :)

Jenners said...

Wow ... how ambitious and wonderful!!! Show off!! : )

Tgoette said...

Sue, this was amazing! Where does your inspiration come from? I want some! Beautifully done!

Malisa said...

Once I knew your family was visiting, I found your poetry humorous but dark. What a good description of the joys and torments a family brings!

I just posted two assignments in one post. I'm bad, but please visit me anyway!

Malisa

Kat said...

Wow Sue. This is fantastic! I think one of my favorites this week, and this has been a very good week :) Please share your secret - I'm extremely sleep deprived right now and all I can come up with are "violets" and snarky baristas LOL

RockiBottom said...

You write darn well for a sleep deprived woman. Seriously well done!

~Lissa said...

This is amazing! I love the rhythm.

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