Folktober Challenge, Day 17

Inspired by all three images


Evil walks in many forms
shifting shapes, forecasting doom,

the warning clear—stay in the light,
avoid rural roads and city streets
don’t walk or drive alone at night.

Here harbingers of death
hover, hop, float, fly, and slither.
Watch for backward toes, a tail,
a wolf with eyes you recognize,
your girlfriend who is not—

evil hides behind false smiles,
beneath the skin–
fear the monsters, they are here

Paul Brookes is hosting a month-long ekphrastic challenge using folklore images to celebrate the launch of his new poetry collection, “As Folktaleteller.” You can see the images here and also read the other responses. I’ve revised this some from the poem posted there.

19 thoughts on “Folktober Challenge, Day 17

  1. The monsters within are the most terrifying kind!
    In other news, I went to an open mic at the Cheltenham Poetry Festival last night and it included lots of poets I’ve heard you mention-I definitely recommend their events!

    • Thank you, Ingrid. You are right about those monsters.

      Congratulations on the poetry festival. I’ve definitely seen in mentioned. Do they also do on-line events (because a little far for me 😏)?
      I did a podcast yesterday! It was so much fun. It will probably be available next month.

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