On the seventh day of Halloween my true love gave to me… a reading of “Hiding From Monsters.” This was for Nina D’Arcangela‘s Ladies of Horror monthly photo prompt and isn’t included anywhere else.
Why did I write it? This was written this past June as most of us were reeling from the non-stop drama in the news. Besides the pandemic we were beset by wildfires, hurricanes, riots, Karens, rampant job loss, a crashing economy and… murder hornets. I know I’ve forgotten to include a few crises on this list.
When I was trying to write my poem for LoH, I was at a loss for words. My mind was numb and I was caught between anger, fear and disbelief. The photo I was assigned featured a desert vista, flat with no where to hide. Somehow that image and current events combined in my mind to become this poem.
This is “Hiding From Monsters,” written by me and performed by Ryan Aussie Smith for Nina D’Arcangela‘s Ladies of Horror monthly photo prompt.
Angela Yuriko Smith is a third generation Uchinanchu and an award-winning American poet, author, and publisher with over 20 years of experience in newspaper journalism. Publisher of Space & Time magazine (est. 1966), a Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist and HWA Mentor of the Year for 2020.