Who’s In Charge?

Written for:  Friday Writings #49:  Scary Bits

"I’ve been enjoying creepy books and movies. So, for today’s optional prompt, I invite you to write poetry or prose inspired by one (or more) of the following scary quotes:

“There is something at work in my soul, which I do not understand.”
Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley

 “I must confess to you: I’m giving serious thought to eating your wife”
Hannibal, by Thomas Harris

 “I think perhaps all of us go a little crazy at times.”
Psycho, by Robert Bloch

 “Grownups are the real monsters.”
It, by Stephen King

“Blood is really warm, it’s like drinking hot chocolate but with more screaming.”
Zombie Haiku: Good Poetry for Your… Brains, by Ryan Mecum

"Grownups are the real monsters"  It, by Stephen King

Generally, children are abused
by adult monsters, known or unknown.
Wives are abused by husband monsters.
Even when children don costumes
for Halloween, mean adults lurk
behind doors distributing poisoned
candy.  If grownups are the true
monsters, why are they in charge?


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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8 Responses to Who’s In Charge?

  1. Well, see, it’s all the OTHER grown-ups are the problem. You and me, we aren’t monsters. 🙂


  2. dsnake1 says:

    I like how you take the quote and write the poem.
    Oh yes, there are all sorts of adults/grown-ups but most are well-behaved and civil. Then there are the monsters, the domestic abusers, the pedophiles, the animal abusers, rapists, serial killers. And the dictators who are trying to start any war.


  3. Good (and slightly terrifying) question…


  4. Kestril Trueseeker says:

    Goodness, that’s terrifying


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