Waking does not dispel
Such conventional horrors.
This shame, these secrets
Upon which I asphyxiate.
The scent of loneliness
Like a harbor
That does not anchor
The ships employed.
You pass into me
Assume my mannerisms
Without question of origin.
Row after row of blasphemous suits
An increasingly ill-fitting wardrobe.
A denser and less communicative core.
I step in and out of your memory
As a cicada usurps its carapace
Alone, I understand
That the only monster is fear.
Your eyes are unlit charcoals
A necrotic dust
That devours in dissemination.
When you look at me
I see my soul,
A suppurating hollow
Into which dead things fall.
A kiss that draws blood
And splinters of bone
As if the donor
Were only a meal.
Wherever the armor holds
There is sure to be a demon.
Within each closed heart
A Zenos splits its maw
With each succulent morsel
With each salt starched scale
He grows thinner, hungrier
Soon there will be nothing
Left of me to tell




We had to create a monster and then write about it and although my entry is dark I thought this was a fabulous and unique prompt. I gave my monster a somewhat alien look because I had a frightening dream about aliens recently. I was in bed, in my room and looking out the windows as I often do. The world was out of sync it kept shifting up and down. The sun had a strange diseased appearance and was only as bright as the moon. The sky looked like it was bleeding oil and there were strange alien-like shadows in the windows/on the balcony. Entities of some sort that weren’t quite in my dimension but who had a very strong malevolent aura about them. I whispered to Sam “Have you looked outside?” and he says to me “Yes but I’m more worried about what’s at the foot of the bed.” and then I woke up. I can only say you had to be there to understand how scary it was!


This about how when depressed we make our world smaller and smaller


19 thoughts on “Zenos

  1. Excellent poem! Scary Alien dreams would be nice for a change 🙂 My dreams are more like another life and another place.

    1. When I can remember them my dreams are usually very interesting. Sometimes I wish I could finish a dream but this one was quite scary to me for some reason so waking was a relief!

  2. that is the danger of putting up walls and wearing armor…what we try to keep out…we also keep other things in…and they can just as easily become our monsters….

  3. Have you ever heard the song “Monsters” by Lenka? The feel of this…dark and eerie..reminded me of that. Also, your dream sounds so vivid and scary and I see why you would wake up with a start. I dream that way too…those kind of dreams can stay with a person throughout the day….looks like it influenced the direction of this prompt and it worked well for you. Very dark, but also beautifully written and deep.

  4. Oh! That is amazing. When we inhibit ourselves to our own world, we encounter the stranger residing in us, which feeds on the fear. I understand.
    Thoughtful and thought provoking. For me, it was more melancholic than dark. Because darkness is not seen by the eyes that have seen other horrors.

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