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Ominous Glances

I walked slowly to the front of the room.  The blood that, under normal 
circumstances, would be filling my veins with its life-giving red fluid ceased 
flowing.  The rhythmic thumping noises my heart was keen on making no 
longer beat in time and instead began making reverberations that sounded 
more like the mating noises of a humpback whale than any sound a heart 
should make.  Palms slick with beaded drops of perspiration that made my 
limbs stick to my clothing, leaving fuzz and other unwanted particles as 
temporary tenants.  

I noticed the carpet then, with my head bowed downwards in anxious silence.  
The artificial light reflected off the random shades of green, orange, red, and 
what may have once been beige but now lay faded and discolored like a 
memory of summertime one has all but forgotten.  I inspect the various bits of 
dust and left over gourmet dishes like a magnifying glass held by a young child 
hovering over the dead corpse of a fly.  The clock on the wall’s ever present 
movement left its listeners with the disturbing realization that we only have so 
much time before the reaper comes to tell us it’s time to go and with spidery 
fingers, that resemble the claws of a wild beast, rips us from all that we’ve ever 
known and takes us to a place of overbearing darkness that is both foreboding 
and intoxicating.  My classmates’ eyes, glossy and animal-like foretold a future 
of loneliness and sorrow that would leave them crawling on their knees, 
begging for mercy, but there would be none left to give.  
I began my speech, my throat filling with nervous butterflies bursting forth 
from their cocoons and threatening to spill out from beneath my clenched 
teeth.  The walls containing our seemingly lifeless bodies started shaking and 
coming together like jigsaw puzzle pieces and began consuming the chairs, 
then the tables, and finally baring down on the multitude of teenagers until I 
was the only one left.  I closed my eyes, inhaled a fresh breath of air, cleared 
my throat, and finished my speech.  I picked up my bag and exited the room, 
leaving my classmates’ bodies behind for the reaper.  



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  1. Date: 7/21/2014 5:11:00 PM

    Thank you for sharing :)
  1. Date: 7/21/2014 10:29:00 AM

    - Warm welcome to PoetrySoup, Bethany :) - I choose your first well written poem - Nice to meet you :) - Hope you will be satisfied with our "soup family" - we are many .. but has plenty of room for you too- PoetrySoup Rule1: Be kind and keep PoetrySoup a haven. PoetrySoup is a drama free zone(Comment on the poetry of others and they will comment on yours.) Thank you posted your words and thoughts here, I want to come back to read more another day. - oxox // Anne-Lise :)
  1. Date: 7/20/2014 8:14:00 PM

    Hello Bethany,, A nice warm WELCOME to poetry soup. I hope you enjoy the community, as I did when I first join, March 2010. You'll find many friendly poets, who are ready to support and give positive feedback. I want to be the first to invite you on over, to the contest page. I OFFER MY CONTEST, in hopes it inspires you to write another poem. I'm looking forward to following you and your poetry ha-ha a special pair:) here's the link to the contest page. <---~Take Care!! From: your new poet friend @-> LINDA <-@
  1. Date: 7/20/2014 7:10:00 PM

    Hi Bethany, congratulations on such a deep powerful write! Well done!
  1. Date: 7/19/2014 6:19:00 PM

    Welcome to Poetry Soup, Bethany. I am glad you discovered this nice community of writers and hope you enjoy the site. Read the work of other poet's and comment if you find something you like; many poets will return the favor. Over time you will get to "know" some of us. You are welcome to visit my page anytime. Enjoy!