for Big Tent Poetry prompt: List Poem
The Good Guy
Odd Thomas keeps odd hours.
A fry cook, he rises before ticktock
of dawn, walks through shadowfires,
down strange highways, sometimes hearing
whispers of dragon tears.
From the corner of his eye, he sees dead people
who fear nothing, yet seek out brother Odd
to help them move through intensity
of the bad place which keeps them one door
away from heaven.
Though his endeavors make him one
of the good guys, they mark him, shorten
his life expectancy, targeting him to be defined,
as forever Odd.
Elizabeth Crawford 12/30/10
Process Notes: Am currently rereading the novel, Odd Thomas, by my favorite author. This is an attempt to write a somewhat poetic review of that book, using a list of other novels written by the same author, Dean Koontz. The underlined words are the titles that constitute far less than half of the published works created by Koontz. One of my own peculiar concepts of a list poem.