The Terrified Sisters

Written for:  Margo Roby’s Poem Tryouts
I want you to think of a time when you watched something happen, on your television or computer, that evoked a response, of some sort, from you. Put yourself back in that moment, in those emotions and write a poem. You do not have to write about the emotions, but you may. What you write about is, as always, completely up to you.

Six years apart, sisters
settle on a couch
to watch Rod Serling
inhale a cigarette
while announcing
plot of The Twilight Zone.
They are scared silly,
simply listening
to the music, and sober
notes of Mr. Serling’s

Masked doctors are ready
to cut off bandages
from the face
of a woman. Final strip
is cut. They all stand 
back in horror, saying,
“no change.” Sisters
clutch each other’s hands
in readiness. Woman’s
face is revealed . . . as beautiful.
Doctors remove their masks;
music peaks. They are hideously
deformed. Both sisters shriek.
The episode is forever dubbed,
“Pig Faces.” To this day,
they still cannot watch it.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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5 Responses to The Terrified Sisters

  1. I remember that episode- Ellie May (Donna Douglas) – played the part of the “unfortunate” young woman. Great trip down memory lane.


  2. Misky says:

    I remember that one, too!!

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  3. margo roby says:

    Who are you people?

    Sara, Happy New Year. I’m glad to be back! I love the incident you chose and that the sisters still can’t watch it.

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  4. Myrna Zach says:

    ah, yes. I remember it well

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