NaPoWriMo 2023: Day 19 – Brendon is coming

For today’s daily resource I’d like to share this article about poetry and TikTok. When I first started writing poetry seriously, blogs were the big thing. That was twenty-five years ago, and now there’s poetry Twitter and poetry on Instagram and, yes, as new technology builds atop the old, poetry on TikTok.

And without further ado, here’s our daily (optional) prompt. For this challenge, start by reading Marlanda Dekine’s poem “My Grandma Told Stories or Cautionary Tales.” One common feature of childhood is the monsters. The ones under the bed or in the closet; the odd local monsters that other kids swear roam the creek at night, or that parents say wait to steal away naughty children that don’t go to bed on time. Now, cast your mind back to your own childhood and write a poem about something that scared you – or was used to scare you – and which still haunts you (if only a little bit) today.

I wrote this poem on the flight as I’m traveling. We’ll be out for 5 days. I hope the prompts over the next 5 days are like this one – easy to attack.

Here’s my poem for today – Brendon is coming

I look back and laugh.
Why, Brendon? 
A monster would hardly ever
be named, 'Brendon'. 

And yet, I have no clue,
what my three-year-old mind conjured
on hearing them say,
'Brendon is coming.'

There was no picture they'd shown me
of what he might look like 
or provided a description of him, like 'bloodshot' eyes, 
'gigantic' or ''baby-eater'. All they said was, 'Brendon is coming.'

'It wasn't so much what they said,
but how they said it' -
their voice lowered to a slow growl,
and their eyes looking furtively,

at the nearest opening-
as though he  was there, 
and could walk in when he pleased.

It got me to finish my cheese,
stop sticking my fingers into plugpoints
and snuggle up to them, frightened.
All they had to say was, 'Brendon.' All Rights Reserved.

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8 responses to “NaPoWriMo 2023: Day 19 – Brendon is coming”

  1. robbiesinspiration Avatar

    Hi Smitha, this post made me smile. I thought there was a witch under my bed and I used to jump into bed from the doorway. I did this until one day, of course, disaster struct and my bed collapsed.

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Hi Robbie, Gosh your comment made me laugh. It’s so funny…the bed broke the witch’s spell😃

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  2. Cheryl, Gulf Coast Poet Avatar

    That threat, “Brendon is coming.” seems to border on child abuse! 🙂

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Ha ha…my daughter shouldn’t read this. It was we who said it to her. She was fearless. It was funny how we just had to say, ‘Brendon.’ After a while she began telling us, ‘I’ll tell Brendon.’ 😀🤦‍♀️

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  3. VJ Avatar

    How funny – where a child’s mind goes

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      It truly is VJ. ‘Brendon’ is such a nice name. I used it for lack of creativity to get my younger one to listen to me😄. We think of it and laugh now.

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