The POTW: Verse Til It Hurts


POTW #778
(Week of 2 October, 2011)

It's October! I took a few moments out from decorating to dash off some careless words about a puzzle I found while unpacking my Halloween items. Strangely, I don't remember putting it in there...

The Devil's Crossword

The Devil's Crossword shifts and churns
The pieces slide and twist and turn
The acid paper blisters and burns
And you must use blood for ink
The answers do not match the clues
But one misstep and your soul is due
Be wary of the words you choose
And even the ones you think
Punishment saturates its lines
Excessive cruelty by design
Puzzle torment most refined
Expressly uninviting
What fool would take this test of doom?
In numbered boxes be entombed
In black and white and blood and gloom
But it certainly is exciting!

Copyright © 2011 by Dave Grossman

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