NaPoWriMo : Day 8 (Prologue)


Poetry Prompt from NaPoWriMo: Today, I’d like to challenge you to read a few of the poems from Spoon River Anthology, and then write your own poem in the form of a monologue delivered by someone who is dead.

As soon as I read this prompt, I thought: “Hey. I’ve already done that – kinda.” When I was writing stories for my second book, The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories, I wrote a series of post-apocalyptic poems that may be found by an explorer in a desolate world.

So, while I craft my next poem in the series, based on today’s prompt, please allow me to post my first poem that started it all. Stay tuned.


I can feel it seep
Through my boots
	the heat
My skin, it crawls
My hair,
	it falls
The pain, it lingers
Till I can barely feel
	my fingers
Vision is weak and fading fast
I do not know how long
	it will last
Too tired to move, I take a seat
Nothing left to drink
	or eat
So, I leave my body and this note to be found
Beside this shallow grave
	 in the rocky ground
And if the horror you can face
Please lay me in my final
	resting place

Have an extra minute? Read it (again) on Medium: Day 8 (yes, I do get paid/read.)

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Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of two books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories. Visit

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