Thursday, October 31, 2013

Grave Matters

Future unimagined lay before me,
reanimating life was just a dream…
a man of science who observed that lightning
naturally focused power, unforeseen.
Keenly worked in my laboratory—
“Eccentric” whispered those who lived in town;
never knowing what had been created—
subsistence from the corpses underground.
The beauty of the creature once envisioned,
electrified; now hideous to see.
In ceaseless quest for scientific knowledge
now observe that  “monster” lives in me.

© Ginny Brannan 2013

Shared at Imaginary Garden with Real Toads: Out of Standard: To Monster with Love, hosted by Susie Clevenger. Finding the sympathetic side of an iconic monster--trusting you'll recognize mine!


  1. eeek. i think we all have a little monster in us....some of us keep it a little more chained you know....i get your frankenstein...smiles.

  2. This is great - the classic "creation" story and becoming what we create and sometime fear. Well done.

    I love the addition of the recording. Is that easy to do?? I was looking around that soundcloud site and it looks pretty user friendly. I really think hearing it in the author voice and cadence add a lot to the poem. (nice accent also)

    1. Sam, Soundcloud is pretty easy to navigate. And you have the option of re-recording until you get it the sound exactly right! Actually got this in one shot today, unusual for me! Guess I was "in the zone!"

  3. The monster living in us...good angle here Ginny ~ Enjoyed the read too :-)

  4. I like the difference between the imagined outcome of the experiment in reanimation and the actual result.

    Thank you for joining in on Real Toads (hosted this week by Isadora Gruye.)

  5. really liked how you linked in the monster we all have inside...made for a great poem...

  6. Oh...all the best of erieness, that you final lines drop on the reader. I really enjoyed listening to you read it too Ginny.
    Oh,and re. the comment you made about my piece that bending time made you think of Doctor Who, lol, that's what I was thinking about when I wrote that line! That and also a book called A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline l'Engle. If you've never read it I highly recommend it. And set in New England too if I remember correctly.

  7. Ha! Very clever, Ginny. Love the wink at the end. Thanks. K.

  8. How did I miss this? Must have been one of the few challenges I didn't participate in. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is a fantastic read - and to think how quickly she wrote it boggles the mind! You have penned a lovely poem that does her quite the honor - and also reminds us we all have to beware the monster that resides inside each and every one of us!


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