It’s National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo), and I’m completing a challenge to write 30 poems in 30 days. Today, I am combining the daily poetry prompt with the Friday Fictioneers’ photo prompt. The NaPoWriMo prompt is to write a poem that tells a story…but tells it backward. Thus, the first line of the poem is the end of the story. As I see it, I have four challenges: make it poetic; make it tell a story with a beginning, middle and end; make it work whether it is read forward or backward, and keep it to 100 words. You can let me know if I succeeded in the comments!
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The nightmare ended as quickly as it began
She turned to watch her pursuer vanish in a cloud of dust
Dazed, she ran through the doorway into the mall
His face red with rage
He turned to look at her in her flimsy sundress
His harsh words echoed through the rafters
He reminded her of her grandfather
A man in Victorian dress berated a young clerk
Dizziness overcame her
Sun peeked through high windows, reflected off dust motes
The walls were as faded and stained as the wares
The antique store looked like a portal in time
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