Gray Water Hand

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – Out of Standard – “Creature Feature”
“Conjure up a monster that lives here and write a poem. ” (posted by Isadora)

Cut Face

image copyrighted. Isadora Gruye photograph.

“Creature Feature
Pictured above is Cut Face Cove. It’s home to the most haunted shores in northern Minnesota. Some claim ghosts of fishermen wail along to its lapping water. Other’s speak of sea monsters. Some still insist on werewolves. Your job: conjure up a monster that lives here and write a poem about it. Here’s the catch (this is suppose go beyond expected, right?)…you’ll have to follow the recipe below:”

You monster must
1. Be dressed in something unexpected.
2. Have a favorite song to sooth it’s rage.
3. Know only one word.
4. Be very afraid of something commonplace.

Only if a double rainbow
graces sky above cove,
will you catch a glimpse
of Gray Water Hand. You must
understand that he associates
the rainbow with a familiar
tune, Over The Rainbow. It is
his favorite, and listening
calms his qualms of silver
stars. He is a hand
that bubble-bounces.
Flounces of lace on each
finger is his only apparel.
Water of pea-green nasty
fills him with a sickly shade.
If he dares to peek up–each
finger serves as eye–and
one spots a silver star,
you will hear him shriek,
“Kilver! Kilver!”. Only word
he know.  Some suppose
he is trying to say, ‘silver,
silver’. Myths go back
thousands of years, keeping
fears alive, and keeping children
in line.  
No one knows where
he came from, 
or his real name–
except him, 
but he cannot say 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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12 Responses to Gray Water Hand

  1. isadoragruye says:

    Oh, this is a fully formed tale! I really like your monster and the layers of details you build in such a small space. Thanks for posting to the Out of Standard!


  2. Yes, you did spin a fine tale! I especially enjoy the costume of lace on his fingers, lol.


  3. oldegg says:

    What beautiful narration keeping the reader in the dark but desparately trying to fill in the blanks themself.


  4. kanzensakura says:

    I liked the touch of silver at his wrists. Puts me in mind of Jack Sparrow. Good tale!


  5. There is something quite lonesome and sad with a monster like that… I wonder what story he wants to tell.


  6. Jim says:

    A fun read, Sara. It is nice for us that he only shows when the double rainbow comes. I like his every aspect, in order, not being able to say his name, “each finger serves as eye,” and his very old age. I smile, 🙂


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