A Life Spared

Esther Newton throws out a variety of writing challenges here. Her blog is full of great stuff, tips as well as competitions you may want to enter. This week’s writing challenge was to include these words in a piece of poetry or prose






Stupidly my first effort incorporated two wrong words but, never one to take a set back as anything other than a learning experience, here is my final attempt. In sonnet form (because I love sonnets).

A Life Spared


Cold midnight is like a mask deadening time

Taking from the senses, dulling compassion.

A slight shadow moves, night’s assassin

Poised to curtail another life; no crime

This act is instinctive. Fear grips

The target, knowing its very existence

Is lightly held. No appeal; resistance

Will be futile. The chance to flee slips

As mind muddies and muscles clench. Taut,

Death’s sharpened claws reach. But they stop short;

This murder is edge-balanced so fine.

Hope competes with despair. So thin a line.

The killer’s head turns; the prey slips his tweezers.

‘Come inside son. It’s late. Have some maltesers.’

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published four books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars, Salisbury Square and Buster & Moo. In addition I have published three anthologies of short stories and a memoir of my mother. More will appear soon. I will try and continue to blog regularly at geofflepard.com about whatever takes my fancy. I hope it does yours too. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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14 Responses to A Life Spared

  1. willowdot21 says:

    Love this ……….. are you still on the piste 😉

    Liked by 1 person

  2. AJ says:

    This was great! Love the twist ending.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Norah says:

    Dark. Very dark. A murder masked by midnight’s cold shadow, the victim’s Maltesers scattered in the mud! 🙂 Just for fun!

    Liked by 1 person

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