This Halloween I am the bearer
Of a tiny tale of terror
Cloaked in gloom, I am the wearer
Gallows grin and red-eyed starer
Building screams in throats, I’m snarer
Time to leave – or stay in error!
In her ear a planted borer
Grinding jaws, consuming horror
Laying claim, brain’s apple-corer
Merciless, doom comes for her
Unless a cure can restore her
Fetch the witch! She has the cure!
Promise moon and more as lure
At last a knock, here from the moor
The poultice reeks of green manure
It draws the beast with blood and gore
Wriggling squeaks, then moves no more
Mlady now rests, fitful snores
Many months of health and cheer
Forgotten promised moon and more
Tonight a knocking at the door…
Today I’m trying a new form, created by Judy Dykstra-Brown called the Sylvestrian Near Rhyme. It consists of six stanzas, the first with 6 lines and each thereafter one less line. Each line in each stanza rhymes with all the other lines in that stanza and each stanza’s rhyme is a near rhyme to the last. The name describes both the theme and form. I stuck to the rhymes and near-rhymes pretty closely.
For the older readers, you’ll recognize The Crypt Keeper from the old TV series Tales from the Crypt. Star Trek fans will recognize this scene from one of the best-remembered (by me) Star Trek movies, “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.”
This was such a fun form to use, especially for a spooky Halloween story. I urge you to give it a try, then link it in the comments section!