Since it’s almost Halloween, I’m doing a scary Poetry Friday post. The pic above is me with my husband, Randy. Randy’s a newspaper editor/reporter, and he got to be a zombie for the night at a local Halloween attraction and write about it. Then he came home in full makeup, which was disturbingly real-looking. Ick.
To go with this picture, we obviously need some zombie poetry. Queue Zombie Haiku, by Ryan Mecum. I couldn’t dowload the sample pages from the actual book, but I love his versions of zombie haiku by various famous writers.
Zombie Haiku by Dylan Thomas
Do not go gentle
into that zombie plagued night.
And take the shotgun.
Zombie Haiku by William Shakespeare
To bite through the skull
or beat it against the wall?
That is the question.
Zombie Haiku by Edgar Allen Poe
Beside of the sea
I killed my Annabel Lee
because zombies do that.
Read more fake zombie haiku here.
And then check here to see the zombie haiku that real writers like Billy Collins have written and sent in.
And finally, if you have a taste (ha!) for the morbid, put Zombie Haiku on order at your library or bookstore. I did, and I think it will be scary good.
Addendum: I blogged here about Emperor Qin’s Terra Cotta Army, thousands of clay warriors and horses buried with the first emperor of China. This week’s Poetry Stretch at the Miss Rumphius Effect was to write a zeno, a new poetic form invented by J. Patrick Lewis. I wrote two zenos about that somewhat creepy underground army. You can see all the Poetry Stretch results here.
I’ll link here to the Poetry Friday Roundup as soon as I find out who’s hosting. Happy Halloween! (Thanks for the info, Mary Lee!)