NaPoWriMo : Day 8 (Elegy From the Dead)


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. I posted that poem here: NaPoWriMo : Day 8 (Prologue)

Now here is today’s poem:


What have you done to my good home
It looks afraid, and all alone
Disheveled and in disrepair

It hurts to see it in such a state
Deserving of much better fate
Did you think those actions fair?

Let it go on too long you did
The consequence forever hid
From the eyes of the dead you thought

Shame to the ones who shrugged it off
Now look what lack of action’s bought 
Sleep now into the world you wrought

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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