I will never forget the smell when I returned to New Orleans after the hurricane. It permeated everything. It’s impossible to describe, but it’s a mix of rot, blood, excretion and this sickly-sweet horror that triggers the gag reflex until it is so stuck in your nostrils and pores that you realize it will always be a part of you–The smell of death.
This image makes me think of Little Shop of Horrors (1986) which I paired with the wooden jigsaw puzzle Artifact Puzzles – Garden of Death in the first October Pairings
Is this a killer plant? Is the plant haunted? Or is Death spending a day off tending the garden?
#vss very short story
They knew they had wandered into Death’s garden when a stray step released spores shaped like skulls, moaning on the wind.
And The Dragon Chose . . .
Though I do not understand the title of today’s challenge, it sounds inspiring and a bit ominous. Today’s challenge is a Dr. Seuss challenge to only use 50 unique words to write the poem. This is based on the bet that led to Green Eggs and Ham. I found an online rhyming dictionary the other day, so I think I’ll start there, choosing words that rhyme with scent and death.
Brown spotted signs of death
And furry gray mold
Botrytis claims his garden
A battle to unfold
Death enters his garden
His step releases spores
In saprophytic appetite
A germ of many wars
Insects carry conidias
Fellow soldiers in arms
Spotted brown colluders
Carry mold that harms
Wounded cuticle weakens
The infection breaches the sheath
Shaking his head sadly
Death grips his snath and swings
Notes on today’s poem:
That was way harder than I thought it would be. The original poem was 74 words and I figured many of those would not be unique, but I was wrong. That took a ton of creative editing, but it was a great challenge.
These poem prompts paired with the #Writober images are helping me come up with some unique writing. This poem was also inspired by an article on cannagardening.com called Botrytis Cinerea: a highly infectious crop killer. Thank you to everyone for the inspiration.
Our #Writober image prompts lend to writing horror, sci-fi and fantasy. What other genre could we add to the mix? Today’s image makes me think Gothic Horror like Edgar Allan Poe or H. P. Lovecraft, or we could try Noir Mystery or a Cozy Mystery (the Death’s day off story). It could end up a Comedy or Satire. What genre do you want to explore today?