Friday, October 25, 2013

Halloween Countdown: Day 1

Limerick Alley, after dark

Lucky, the Halloween shamrock

Halloween has come to Limerick Alley...  


Ooh, I hope it's not TOO scary!

In the spirit of the Halloween horror franchise and its bountiful series of slasher movies, I thought it would be fun to release a stream of limericks to count down the remaining days until Halloween.  Sooooo...

For the next week, I will be releasing one stanza each day of my seven stanza poem titled Insomnia.

Be sure to return to this post daily to see how the story unfolds!


       It’s 3 a.m., why aren’t I sleeping?
       Odd hours I seem to be keeping.
       My eyes are not closing,
       my mind is composing,
       and limericks, silently creeping…

       Was that just the wind I heard moan?
       Making these walls creak and groan?
       I can't comprehend
       why my hair stands on end,
       till I notice I'm not here alone.

       My eyesight, unfocused and bleary;
       the silence, electric and eerie;
       a whisper, my name,
       "Who's there?!" I exclaim.
       "Just me," she says, "no worries, Dearie."

       From shadows, a hideous sight
       ignites my spontaneous fright:
       a foul surprise
       with sunken white eyes,
       and skin mostly rotted with blight!

       "I once was a dancer, you know.
       Tonight, it's my Halloween show..."
       Her head, it unhinges
       and out jump, like ninjas,
       huge crickets that breed in her toe. 

       I feel the sweat bead on my brow.
       The crickets are everywhere now!
       My heart skips a beat
       but I'm stuck to my seat,
       and I think that I'm having a cow. 

       I'm shaking like autumn's last leaf,
       just hoping the pain will be brief.
       wakes me up from my dream...
       and I breathe a deep sigh of relief. 

       © 2013 Michelle Heidenrich Barnes. All rights reserved.       


  1. You got me. I'm hooked. I'll need all seven of these.

  2. Okay, I'll be around, Michelle! Love your tantalizing limerick, and Lucky, that scary Halloween shamrock-O-o-o-o!

  3. Michelle, I love this! I look forward to watching this unfold... what a great idea!

    1. I think the anticipation is just as much fun for me as it is for you!

  4. Splendid idea. I'm hooked, even though I'm already a little scared . . . :)

    1. Just make sure you're holding Cornelius' hand when you read my updates. :)

  5. Neat idea, Michelle! I guess if you're going to have insomnia, there are worse things that could happen than having limericks controlling your brain. Could be ballads instead. :) Love it!

  6. Fun idea -- looking forward to seeing how it plays out. No matter how fine the inspiration may be, at 3 a.m. I'd rather be sleeping. ;-) Love the photos -- though Lucky gives me the creeps!

  7. I don't know why limericks seem so hard for me to write - but you make it look easy! Seven?? Looking forward to seeing the rest.

    1. Thanks, Matt, that's nice of you to say. But don't sell yourself short. I'm quite certain you can come up with a killer limerick if you put your mind to it!

  8. Hi there Michelle, 3 am - witching hour!!!! We have just recently watched The Conjuring - and 3 am is definitely the sound of ghosts creeping! Love the cliffhanger there! :) Looking forward to reading the rest of the poem!

  9. I love this use of the form. Looking forward to more!

    1. Thanks Liz... it's fun from my end too. Three more days comin' atcha!

  10. Replies
    1. Thank Judi-- it's definitely keeping me on my toes. (With no crickets to get in the way, thankfully.)

  11. CRICKETS out of her HEAD?! Hinges and ninjas is *inspired* my friend. Love it! Happy Halloween!

    1. Thanks so much, Keri. :) You do know how to make me smile. Happy Halloween to you too!

  12. Replies
    1. Thanks, Randy. I see you write limericks for children too. If you see this comment, drop me a line at michelle (at) MichelleHBarnes (dot) com.