Oh, The Horror!

Oh, The Horror!

A Poem by S.S.P.

pretty simple, short and sweet. speaks for itself (I hope). 7/11/09


there is a plague of broken bodies

for as far as eye can see

a wretched sea of wizened lives

deceased throughout these streets


and it is not the carnage strewn about

or their deaths that baffle me

but how these squandered souls

bereft of life

can walk

and talk

and breathe.

© 2009 S.S.P.

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Poeticpiers, you're nice enough
and your love of rhyme I see
but I prefer the freer forms
found in prose-poetry

and i'm glad that you've found comfort
in the matching up of words
I do it too from time to time
but restrictions for the birds.

History Of Prose Poetry: (courtesy of Wikipedia)

As a specific form, prose poetry is generally assumed to have originated in 19th-century France.

At the time of the prose poem's emergence, French poetry was dominated by the Alexandrine, an extremely strict and demanding form that poets such as Aloysius Bertrand and Charles Baudelaire rebelled against. Further proponents of the prose poem included other French poets such as Arthur Rimbaud and St�phane Mallarm�.

The prose poem continued to be written in France and found profound expression, in the mid-20th century, in the prose poems of Francis Ponge.

... Modernist authors wrote prose poetry consistently, including Gertrude Stein and Sherwood Anderson.

Then, for a while, prose poems died out, at least in English-until the early 1950s and '60s, when American poets such as Allen Ginsberg, Bob Dylan, Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs, Russell Edson, Charles Simic, Robert Bly and James Wright experimented with the form. Simic won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for his 1989 collection, The World Doesn't End ...

... Using figurative language to provoke thought, it invites a reader into unusual perspectives to question what is traditionally thought of ...

Posted 13 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


Lovely. Great poem :) Just a pointer- i think the first word of each line is supposed to be capitals?

Posted 10 Years Ago

Short and sweet and best of all... quite profound. Rock on.

Posted 12 Years Ago

I think this coincides with the recent popularity of zombies. Could there be a connection?

Posted 12 Years Ago

your a really good writer. i like this one aswell (:

Posted 12 Years Ago

i'm usually biased when i see a rhyming poem but this proved me wrong.

Posted 13 Years Ago

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OK, that does it.

If you will not be my friend I will hold my breath until I turn blue.
And blame it on you.

I love your style. I love prose. I love writers who mix it up and put it down because it feels right, looks right. A truly unique voice.

Posted 13 Years Ago

Dear S.S. Privette,

Another wonderful poem.

I sometimes, too, find this a horror. But this comes from too much introspection. We find no horror in the moon as it blindly runs its circuit. This is life. We all travel through it. We are all on autopilot a good portion of the time, and as the moon, we all have our pox marks from encountering the metors of life.

Best regards,


Posted 13 Years Ago

Congratulations on winning the Relentless Contest!

Posted 13 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Being a huge horror movie fan this one sparked my liking it from word one!


Posted 13 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

sometimes less is more. i think you've nailed it with this one. its got a good flow, simple but speaks volumes. i love the imagery & descriptions in this. an enjoyable read.

Posted 13 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

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Added on July 11, 2009
Last Updated on July 13, 2009



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