The P.O.W.

Posted: September 28, 2016 in Uncategorized
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Wednesday/Friday has rolled around once again. Today’s story weighs in at 99 words, Finally, I’m under the 100-word limit. I have good news to share. My story A Perfect Death as been accepted for publication in the October 17th edition of the on-line magazine Sweet Tree Review! I’m super excited.


I’ve seen too much, felt too much
Lost everything
Nothing is what it should have been
What I’d planned
At seventeen

They took me and bent me
Into a man I don’t recognize
I walk through my days
Guarded and stealthy

Waiting to be taken again
Waiting to be thrown into a box
Beaten and hounded
Unbearably alone

But I’ve done what is needed
To keep me sane
Made plans

Behind this door?
Enough food to keep me alive for a year
That door?
Blankets upon blankets
The last door?
Can you not hear the voices?

  1. Joy Pixley says:

    Oh, chilling last line!

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    • I think being a POW messed with him a little. This story actually came from a man who stayed with us for a few days. He worked with vets and told us a story about a man who was a POW in WW II and was hungry all the time. Years later he built a walk-in closet with a lock on the door. Inside he kept just about enough food for a year. Even his wife didn’t have a key.

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  2. Morgan says:

    Chilling verse!! Really draws you into the situation.

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  3. jademwong says:

    That last line really hits the reader! Great decision there. And congratulations on having your story be accepted :D!!


  4. draliman says:

    Dark and chilling stuff.
    Congratulations on your upcoming publish!

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  5. Oh my, that way heavy! My grandparents lived through WWII and kept a solid stock of food their entire life. My grandma told me: “You never forget.” You captured it so well.

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  6. You have captured this so well. It’s one of those situations that I don’t think you can truly appreciate what they went through unless you were there.

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  7. Dear Alicia,

    Chilling and emotional. Very well written. Congratulations on your story. 😀 That’s awesome.



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  8. Oh dear!
    Oh dear!!
    A frightful story.
    Congratulations on your story.

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  9. To me this perfectly describe PTSD… I wonder if free will ever be free…

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  10. rgayer55 says:

    I’ve known several vets with PTSD. We lose a lot of them to suicide every year. Extremely well written. You put us right there.

    Congrats on your publication. I’ll look for it on the 17th.

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  11. Laurie Bell says:

    Oooooo creepy. This is very well told. A mind shaped by training and experience cannot help but see shadows everywhere. I hope he is okay. What a terrible thing to go through.


  12. Congratulations, Alicia, on having your story published. That’s great. Good story here also. If this poor fellow is hearing voices, I fear he’s been pushed over the edge of sanity. I read one time that a devout Mormon family keeps one year’s food in their home. That’s probably not a bad idea. Good writing. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  13. Liz Young says:

    That poor man – or woman – has been seriously mistreated. Well written.

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  15. gahlearner says:

    First: congrats on your story being accepted.
    Second: that is one chilling poem. Especially the development of what he thought he wanted at seventeen and what he is now. He deals, but for how long? Great writing.

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  16. Amy Reese says:

    What a hauntingly sad story. I read about your background for the story and it’s really quite heavy. Your story does a great job of capturing such a disturbing situation. I feel for him. Congrats on your story!!! So awesome, Alicia. I’m so happy for you!!

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  17. Michael Wynn says:

    Heavy subject well rendered in verse

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  18. Wow, you really got into the deepest darkest corners of his mind!

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  19. neilmacdon says:

    Yes, I can hear the voices

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  20. Powerful story — the poetic style fits it well.
    Congratulations on having your story published.


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