K is for Killing | #AtoZChallenge

Often in books, films, and plays, someone is killed and someone does the killing. We see it in sci-fi and dystopia (sometimes on a mass scale), murder-mysteries, historical and war stories, and in many other genres.

There’s killing of people, demons, and aliens. Authors are encouraged to kill their darlings. We can also kill a flame, whether it’s to put out a candle, smother an idea, or murder a spouse’s love interest (in stories only, please).

The poem below is about a protag haunted by his own past. Since Past is a formless phantom, he evades death, causing the protag to flee down a road leading to an undefined future, where the scenario is likely to repeat.

Phantom

Past pursues me
Over landscapes fair or torn.
At last, breathless, I turn;
I smite him with my sword.

But through a spirit my blade only passes,
Sliced figure soon reformed,
Already moving, reaching, as I whirl–
At a run, flee on road unknown.

~Eva Blaskovic (2016-2017)

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About Eva Blaskovic

I am a multi-genre author of literary fiction and fantasy, and writer of non-fiction articles on parenting, writing, education, health, and travel. My background encompasses both the sciences and the arts. I teach at a specialized clinic for learning difficulties and mentor young authors. In addition to writing and teaching, my passions are weather, Indian food, gardening, and music. I have played eight musical instruments and spent many years immersed in taekwondo and karate. In my youth, I was an avid canoeist. I was born in Prague, Czech Republic, grew up in Ontario, Canada, and moved to Alberta in 1988, where I raised four children.
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11 Responses to K is for Killing | #AtoZChallenge

  1. Iain Kelly says:

    As you know, killing is a big part of my A to Z πŸ™‚

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  4. Often I think that killing — or maybe murder — ought to be filed under “Plot Devices”!

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  5. Very intriguing poem on past! πŸ™‚

    Killing, yeps! Got to be there somehow! πŸ˜›

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  7. JJAzar says:

    I like the poem. Powerful.

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