the watchmen waketh…


beneath the earth
the army of the dead
move in unison
to the rolling pitch
of the underground train
marching to the surface
passing the roach infested
dark alleys of shadow people
the ones who beg for alms
as the hollow souls scurry past
the army must stay its course
headed for their burial abodes
crypts of glass and polished steel
for they have bartered their souls
for transient wealth and fame
a bloodless coup of a nation
where only pleasures of the flesh
are considered worthy
but at night
curtains drawn
flickering news stories
of the anger
of those who sought alms
makes every shadow
move independently
on the walls
a creeping fear
that makes even
the dead
in their


This poem represents my final response to  the third challenge series between Jade and I.  This challenge is somewhat different in that the prompt is now an audio prompt.  Each poet provides the other with five instrumental songs (so that the song’s words do not interefere with the poet’s) from which the poet is to write a poem.  Jade has written her first response which can be found here

14 thoughts on “the watchmen waketh…

  1. What a grand finale! [clap clap clap!!!!] Charlie, I am so proud of you… and proud to call myself your friend. Thank you for taking part in this. Next challenge, by the way, is on you :-))))

  2. I actually felt a chill while listening to the music with your voice in the background!! Awesome Charles and have to congratulate you on always making this an entertaining experience!! Hugs xx

  3. I respect your brilliant work. You are all over the place. lol You take on a challenge with the will to win it…for sure. lol I hope all is well. For the record…you are a winner in my book. 😎

  4. Love it! It was neat to read & wonder what the meaning was then to suddenly understand! I could picture all those zombies in suits 🙂

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