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Cape Fear

Cape highway, speeding, the radio full blast, pitch black with only his headlights to flare on the pavement, it's slick, there's been a light shower, hazardous drive but he doesn't much care. He's a loner of sorts and he lives with his mother, a Man of God, goes to church every week. He's been to the movies to see the new feature, a drama with action, and real tongue-in-cheek. His name is Joe and he has some issues, time spent long ago for committing a crime; the District Attorney, a man named George Sherman, sent him to prison to serve out his time. On the road up ahead he eyeballs a pedestrian, a young teenage girl and she's thumbing a ride. His vehicle's a mess, it's just base transportation, he hopes she won't mind the condition inside. It's alright, she knows him, it's Joe from the diner, (he cannot believe that he's having such luck!) for it's Lindsay, the daughter of attorney Sherman, who's sitting beside him curled up in his truck. She's calm and relaxed, feels protected with Joe now, sure beats walking around in the rain late at night. She takes a cig and a swig from his Pepsi and sits back, things are great, now her home is in sight. But he takes the access road right of her driveway, heads into the woods so forbidding and drear. Joe isn't looking to ensure her safety, poor Lindsay, she has every reason to Fear.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2015




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Date: 12/27/2015 4:27:00 PM
Well written poem, kept me engaged. Also, I was happy to see Pepsi. One of my favorite drinks. One thing about the form though, why Questionku? Why not Quatrain or Narrative?
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Keith Bickerstaffe
Date: 12/27/2015 4:42:00 PM
To my mind these ARE quatrains... I don't even know what a 'Questionku' is!!! Anyhoo, I'm glad you liked it. I deliberately made CAPE the first and FEAR the last words 'cos the poem is meant as an inspiration for the movie, the two versions of which are remarkable thrillers, the one with Robert Mitchum and Gregory Peck, (the first) being the SCARIER, I think! Thanks Rob! Best wishes, Keith
Date: 12/4/2015 2:45:00 PM
Enjoyed your poem!
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Keith Bickerstaffe
Date: 12/4/2015 2:51:00 PM
Thanks Thomas... it's an adaptation of the 2 versions of the movie Cape Fear. I deliberately began and ended my poem with the two title words. I am grateful for your attention to my stuff. K
Date: 12/1/2015 8:34:00 AM
OMG. Poor Lindsay. I enjoyed reading from beginning to end.
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Keith Bickerstaffe
Date: 12/1/2015 8:59:00 AM
Adapted from the movie 'Cape Fear.' (both versions). So glad you enjoyed! Best wishes, Keith
Date: 12/1/2015 8:22:00 AM
Great story telling, I enjoyed this one Keith.
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Keith Bickerstaffe
Date: 12/1/2015 9:03:00 AM
Adapted from the movie, (both versions) much appreciated! Keith
Date: 12/1/2015 2:55:00 AM
thought provoking with a sense of foreboding... beautifully done, keith... danger lies ahead!..huggs
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Keith Bickerstaffe
Date: 12/1/2015 9:04:00 AM
Adapted from the movie, (both versions). Thanks nette! Much appreciated. Keith