Ekphrastic Blog # 22

Editor’s Note: This post has been written by Linda K. Strahl, an editor at the Jet Fuel Review. Her full bio can be found at the end of this post.

To those that can’t tell, I love Halloween. It is one of my favorite weeks of the year. Yes, to many others it is just a day, but most of the time on Halloween I get involved with kid parties that land on a week before the actual day, so I can justify my madness in this area. I found this picture of a zombie crawling, and the black and white made it an even better inspiration. Ignoring the creepy zombie for a moment, and look at the background, the bleached house gives a haunting entrance to the poem. When I think of zombies lining the streets I see blood stain carpets being cut out of house living rooms to get rid of the infection. I see the blood seeping onto the street and staining them red as zombies hunt, therefore I added that image in the first stanza.

A defining generalization is that the dead can’t talk, because they are brain dead. I wonder why they just don’t eat their own brains? A question we will all ponder, until they infect the world. To keep the speech patterns generalized I added the “guttural noises.” The last stanza brings the focus onto the foreground and leaves the audience with the best part and theme of Halloween, “the dead breath.” Thus I leave you with the creepy zombie and my poem. Happy HALLOWEEN!!!

The shambles of houses
bleach in the sun, while
blood stains line the streets.
Lacking speech,
the guttural noises
echo off the dead concrete.
It creeps and slithers
It drags and crawls
It moans and bleeds,
As the dead breath.
                -By: Linda K. Strahl

Editor’s Note: Linda K Strahl is a transfer student from University of Wisconsin- La Crosse, where she was studying Archaeology and minoring in Creative Writing. She came to Lewis University in Fall of 2010 to major in Creative Writing. After participating in the production of two plays at Phillip Lynch Theater she has become an enthusiastic dramaturg, and is contemplating a career as a researcher and playwriter.

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