Tuesday, October 30, 2012


The man who moved into town
three seasons ago
owned a quiet little shop
near Twilight Street and Old Crow

He worked the earliest hour
and the one nearest to dark
waiting for those running late for supper
or following the ones jogging in the park

A clever whisper and a snide hello
into his van, their limp body would go
past Willow Wind Pond
where white spider lilies grow

He was patient with each limb
as pieces slid across his scrapping table
tearing and peeling and striping
collecting the rib and round to label

No newspaper listed
any missing neighbor
no legal authority search
for recognition of his labor

And when folks in town would gather dismay
he would assert with heat
that he was the only one in town
who served fresh meat

Sharing a bit of fright with dVerse Poets on Open Link Night.


  1. yikes...well you have the halloween spirit going on here...the guy is a little creepy to me...no missing neighbors eh? shivers...bwahhahaha

  2. This is quite frightening...perfect for Halloween night ~

    Will link this up later at D'verse ~

  3. chilling...well written Archana

  4. Good one ... this sent a chill down my spine !!!

  5. I loved the rhythm of this piece. I wonder where he is accessing his supplies? He must have some satisfied customers!

  6. OMGoodness.... this is... yuck!
    Very effective. Reminds me of Sweeny Todd. Gave me a shudder..
    Great writing :) (But Yuck)

  7. P.S. Sometimes I'm glad I only eat a little bit of chicken now and then, mostly a veggie, this reminds me ...why ...lol

  8. Well, this certainly creates the Halloween mood and gives me the appropriate shivers!

  9. Yikes! Very clever and well told. k.

  10. cleverly spun...a great one for Halloween.

  11. That was awesome! Sweeny Todd, a little Jame Gumb from Silence of the Lambs and real life serial killers along with a dash of fried green tomatoes. Ewwww. Happy Halloween :)

  12. Hmm not sure such meat even the cat would eat. Very creepy weave, nicely done.

  13. oh my goodness..this gives me goosebumps...frightening...

  14. Dark magic..but still magic..love the place names particularly..I wonder if they are 'real'..Jae

  15. love your poetic stylings. I nominated you for the Liebster award. You can read all about it at http://laurelsquill.blogspot.com/2012/12/blogging-award.html

    Have a great day!! Laurel

  16. You have been a long time missing from action Archna. Are you coming back to us soon?