Prompt Day #83: Brainstorm a list of five words you would call “malevolent” or “disgusting”. Now find one of those terms in a thesaurus. Your task is to compose a prose poem or fantastic paragraph using all of the synonyms listed next to or referred to by your chosen word.
This is a short one, so I’ll take you through the process with me. I can never decide so first I made 2 lists. One for malevolent and one for disgusting. Here they are:
- Curdled: Rancid, sour, thick, clot, coagulate, congeal, decay, displease, harden, hound, sour, spoil, stiffen, thicken, gelatinize, indurate
In a dark, decaying alley sits a vessel long forgotten except by those who wish to forget
Deeds once done in displeasure, memories that hound at hearts and minds.
Perhaps nothing more than a box of chocolates hardened with age
Or a once sweet-smelling perfume soured by abandonment and isolation
But what leaks from the dented, rusty corner is neither love turned to indifference
nor passion spoiled by neglect
But a rancid, congealing stew of jealousy, vengeance and perhaps regret.
The fluid thickens and coagulates—a gelatinized puddle on the dirty cement
The cats and rats and insects make a meal of the clot while
The bruised and indurated body inside stiffens
Its blood once flowing warm and thick now cold and curdled