into the shadows


searching for any witnesses,
he questioned as if suspect:
“where were you?” he probed
“in my room,” a shocked reply
(nowhere near bloodied body)

at least, victim didn’t feel much,
unexpected and instantaneous.
trucker on road never slowed,
could not see in night’s blackness
didn’t notice impact, drove on.

circles under eyes mark grief
remembered as good mother;
affectionate, gave warm gifts.
she’d lived life until the ninth
when bad luck found black cat.

how often we commit dark deeds;
does ignorance prove innocence?


Linking to dVerse poets. This “mystery” poem fits previous prompt (shades of black) and current prompt (changing perspective). Written in third person about our barn cat found on the road but also thinking of a former acquaintance who was struck by a truck and killed. It’s always sad when animals die but how much more a human being?!


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Nov 09, 2019 @ 09:58:36

    I really love how you layered the different impressions, with the cat meeting it 9th in the center… actually I felt you managed to have several perspectives within the poem,


  2. The Guern
    Nov 08, 2019 @ 21:42:14

    “…she’d lived life until the ninth
    when bad luck found black cat…”
    – Very nice!


  3. Sabio Lantz
    Nov 08, 2019 @ 11:17:39

    a dark mystery poem


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