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In The Dark Alley

Ravi is a traveler and foodie who loves to visit off-the-beaten-track places and understand the culture, history and customs behind them.

Dark alleys can be frightening places and a lot of unsightly things can be seen, heard, or experienced within its stuffy confines

Dark alleys can be frightening places and a lot of unsightly things can be seen, heard, or experienced within its stuffy confines

This tanka poem is written as a challenge to the sentence prompt given by John Hansen.

Dark alleys can be frightening places and a lot of unsightly things can be seen, heard, or experienced within its stuffy confines. This Tanka poem reflects on some of these unpleasant experiences. In this poem, the 1st sentence “In the dark alley” is the prompt taken from John Saul’s chilling book Unwanted.


In the dark alley

angry volcanoes erupt

within her scared soul

as she battles the shadow

of a crazy psychopath.


In the dark alley

dreaded fire ants devour

his bodily parts

as a golden tooth glitters

from his decomposed body.


In the dark alley

an alien terror grips him

as the brave copper

steadies his quivering hands

to fight the shifty killer.


In the dark alley

a chuckle escapes his lips

as the fake beggar

slowly removes his makeup

and straightens his broken legs.


In the dark alley

carnal passions consume him

as the street hooker

plunders the loaded wallet

of her drunken customer.


In the dark alley

mighty arms lift my body

as a do-gooder

once again dropped me back home

senseless in drunken sopor.

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