he walks alone
a figure of shadows
the clip clop of his steps
louder than the midnight bells
and the hessian sack
dragged over blue granite
juiced with blood
records a red stain in its wake
leading back to a terrace
with the door burst from its hinges
a table tossed over
now in the scullery
resting on shattered plates
lies a mans severed head
still looking slightly stressed
that his prisoner had rushed him
up from his cellar
full with coal stacks
and a chair
covered with frayed strands of hemp
where he had been kept
for many days
and the man now headless
was the town doctor
who spoke of smallpox
and the greater good
each time he drew blood
or injected something into him
now the prisoner did not know why
he was covered in lesions
but for the time being
he was going home
his pigs would be hungry
and he had a sack full
of fresh meat
Thanks Thom. See you again.
Very intriguing. Mysterious and yet oh so clear.
Great to hear from you Lilibeth.
Thanks for my daily dose of dark. Well done.
My 3WW: The Good Life
this was scary! brilliantly written, reminded me of hannibal the cannibal.
Great to see you here Trisha.
Wow. I don’t think this can be perfected. *standing ovation* excellent! Dark, gory tale and that always makes for good reading….
Don’t know how to take a bow on the Internet but let me tell you that your feedback has put a big smile on my face 🙂
Felt like a wonderful historical overview.
Here’s mine for this week:
good and gory deliciously dark!
Cheers Sheilagh, great to see you on the site.
Shane, you are growing by leaps and bounds! Gory, but very, very good!
They are fun to write, these types of stories. Glad you enjoyed.
Can something be enjoyably ‘black’? This was. Thoroughly enjoyably ‘black’.
WOW!! what a tale and ended well too 😀 though I squirmed regularly as I read, at the thought of a severed head on a plate, the smallpox lesions and the lovely blue granite juiced with blood!!
Cheers Nanka. Sometime difficult to know how far to push things so thank you for keeping with it!
What a story..did you find the carving before you came up with the history.. Just fantastic..I couldn’t look at this figure now and think of anything other than a head being carried in that sack..along with the pox..Jae
Well Jae, I wrote the whole thing first and then went looking for the most appropriate image. Lucky that there are many good images out there that are open to share.