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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Film Noir





A trumpet blows the blue-black night
no thread of melody, a reveille of notes.
Dark spreads deeper than gloom--


a web tightens him, loins to throat.
Dawn lightens the room
his skin inks with shadows;


his scalp crawls, his eyes burn,
his heart turns to ice.
Cold fear arcs through him,


dread danger sharpens a stone;
his gut contracts, his hands clench
words surface, then lose meaning.


Again the crying horn moans;
its wail heralds desperation,
perhaps doom while the room spins.


When the floor turns, a key clicks.
A white door in this gray room
creaks, then opens slow.


A shadow perhaps a figure appears
Faceless, veiled in black, it shows
No mercy drifting to the bed.


He lies paralyzed;
The end closes, he trembles
gasps a choking sob.


Then a giggle erupts!
Her platinum hair catches a sunbeam.
"Did I really scare you?"


© Gay Reiser Cannon * 4.1.2012 * All Rights Reserved
Day 1 - April Poetry Month

11 comments:

  1. Ah, you had me fooled for a while. I was quite frightened until I came to the last stanza! You surprised me, and that is good!!

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    1. Thank you Mary. Glad to know it worked!

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  2. Atmospheric, tautly drawn, with killer lines like 'words surface, then lose meaning.' this poem is decked out! A great romp in the classy dark Ms. Gay!

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    1. Thanks Anna - Well it was April Fool's Day and I wrote a similar theme poem before last. So I thought I'd have a go at humor.

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  3. A perfect nightmare - on April Fools' Day! I admit, you got me!

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  4. so this is how you do a poetic april fools...ha..you got me good gay...you def had the tension going...smiles.

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  5. Great build up of tension and an even better release. Thanks for the smile Gay>

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  6. ahhhhh- so good! really pleased you posted this- i must admit- i was HOOKED- and then the ending- ha ha- bought a big grin to my face- like a thriller- you set the scene- built the tension throuhg imagery- and then delivered with the false scare! loved the balck and white feel you gave to this- I saw it all- very crafty you crafty thing!- very very cool. Excellent and original take on the prompt

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  7. oh gay...you're so mean...smiles...you had me scared and shivering...and then the closure..haha...love it

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  8. i like the tension, like the tension in a movie

    semantic feeling

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