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Naked Zombies October 27, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Magick & Mystery, Poetry, Word Play.

Credit: Zora Neale Hurston

Naked zombie roams
Haiti, shivering with cold
Dusty feet shuffle

Across cobblestones
Moving to and fro, water
in blood beckoning

Groans escape parched lips
Twenty years under still ground
You’d be thirsty too

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Trifecta Weekend Challenge:

In 1937, a naked woman was found limping through the streets of Haiti, unable to identify herself.  

The woman was later identified in hospital as Felicia Felix-Mentor ~ a woman who had been dead for nearly twenty years.

A real live . . . dead zombie!  😯

 Care to play along? Visit Trifecta Weekend Challenge for the Spook Scoop.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related posts:  Zombies and Morality (Eric John Baker ~ Clawing At The Keys) * Zombie Apocalypse (Barbara Gildea) * Zombies (Draug) * Halloween Fever (Me Me Me Me Me) * First Day (Hypothetically Writing)


1. William D'Andrea - October 27, 2012

I’ve written many vampire stories, but none about zombies. I might give it a try. Is there a word quota or limit? Is there a time limit?

nrhatch - October 27, 2012

Yes and Yes. The word quota ~ 33 words.
Submissions close and voting begins tomorrow.

All details found on Trifecta . . . click the link (above).

2. kateshrewsday - October 27, 2012

This is AMAZING. So much so that I have had to resort to capitals. I love the story. Off to find out more!

nrhatch - October 27, 2012

I thought you might want to sink your teeth into Felicia’s story. 😉

nrhatch - October 27, 2012
3. Draug - October 27, 2012

I like this! Really great and I like the bit of humor at the end 🙂

nrhatch - October 27, 2012

Thanks, Draug! Congrats on winning the book last week. 😀

Draug - October 28, 2012

Ah, thank you! 😀

4. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide - October 27, 2012

Now you’re trying to get that song stuck in MY head!

nrhatch - October 27, 2012

I figured the best way to get Zombie out of my head was to hand the song back to you! 😀

5. ericjbaker - October 27, 2012

Why, Hatch… are you flirting with me? Why else would a lady talk about zombies?

Darn. Now every time someone shuffles past the dining room window of my apartment, I’ve got to peek outside and see if they have that “look.” I knew this place wasn’t zombie-proof enough!

nrhatch - October 27, 2012

Why, indeed? 😉

If they shuffle past naked . . . be wary.
Naked + the “look” . . . very scary! 😯

Flirting aside, I’m glad you stopped by. I meant to hunt up a link to your post on Zombie Morality. I forgot. Once Zombies enter the brain, some degree of forgetfulness is to be expected.

ericjbaker - October 27, 2012

Come to think of it, if any of my neighbors shuffle past my window naked, zombie or otherwise, I’m reporting them to the community manager. There are some things I don’t want to see, and not all of them are called “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.”

nrhatch - October 27, 2012

Good call! 😀

The first lawsuit I ever handled involved evicting an elderly gentleman prone to wandering round the community naked.

He just “forgot” to don clothes before stepping out and about.

6. Varsha - October 27, 2012

Been a while since I heard that song! I once sang it in convent school and everyone was kind of…badly surprised. 😀 Great take on the prompt, I love the last line!

nrhatch - October 27, 2012

Thanks, Varsha! As soon as that line popped into my head, crowding out more sinister images, I knew I had my last line. 😀

7. Tom (Aquatom1968) - October 27, 2012

My Inner Zombie likes this post, Nancy, and so do I! What an interesting character Felicia is / was!

nrhatch - October 27, 2012

Thanks, Tom. Some die without having lived . . . other live even after they’ve died. 😯

nrhatch - October 27, 2012

Wow! Just checked out your Zombie Cat! You’ve got some real talent, Tom.


8. Linda Vernon - October 27, 2012

Well I guess this just goes to show you anybody can make a mistake! HA! Delightful Michael! 😀

nrhatch - October 27, 2012

Ooh . . . I’ve got it! WP made a mistake. 😀

9. Linda Vernon - October 27, 2012

That’s weird that my comment for Michael’s blog showed up here! LOL! But I like this. I think the first thing I’d do is get a drink of water too! HA

nrhatch - October 27, 2012

Thanks, Linda. That has happened to me before . . . the internet wires got crossed, perhaps? Or maybe we should blame it on zombies and things that go *bump* in the night?

BOO! 😯

10. Andra Watkins - October 27, 2012

I’ve never thought about these instances as being zombie-like, Nancy, but you’re right. They really are.

nrhatch - October 27, 2012

I don’t know if I’ve ever heard of anything like this before, except in movies like The Night of the Living Dead.

Have you? 😯

Andra Watkins - October 27, 2012

No. It was fascinating.

nrhatch - October 27, 2012

I thought maybe you’d heard tales around the Charleston Jail of the living dead walking amongst us.

We just got back from a haunted trail at De Soto! Lots of spooky spooks lurking about the woods with . . . the Skunk Ape! 😯

11. colonialist - October 27, 2012

Of course, if that was in South Africa it would just be a typical administrative botch-up …
As it is, though … spoo-key!

nrhatch - October 27, 2012

Bwahaha . . . a mismatched name in the hospital morgue? A case of mistaken identity?

I did a post once about the wrong guy going into the coffin. He was dead, though. 😉

colonialist - October 28, 2012

Just as well, or he might have been seriously miffed.

nrhatch - October 28, 2012

His widow was pissed . . . she held a funeral for the wrong guy!

12. Lumdog - October 27, 2012

Haunting and beautiful poem. Fun ending.

nrhatch - October 27, 2012

Thanks, lumdog. I was surprised by the number of submissions with a humorous twist to them . . . turning a fun challenge into a funny one. 😀

13. eof737 - October 28, 2012

Very SCARY! 😦

nrhatch - October 28, 2012

Sounds like an interesting case . . . but I’m not persuaded that someone could be alive 20 years after they died.

Either Felicia didn’t really die OR the “zombie” wasn’t Felicia.

14. jannatwrites - October 28, 2012

Yeah, I’d be thirsty, too! I love that ending. Great job on the zombie prompt…I didn’t even know where to begin with that one 🙂

nrhatch - October 28, 2012

I’m generally amazed with what you do with the Trifecta prompts . . . I figured your kids would be “zombiefied” for the challenge. “Must. Eat. Ice. Cream.” 😉

15. Kymm Coveney (@KymmInBarcelona) - October 28, 2012

Way to make her one of us… Funny how thirsty I feel.

nrhatch - October 28, 2012

Thanks, Kymm. Reading about her “dusty feet” and “parched lips” makes me thirsty too.

16. FKC - October 28, 2012

I like how it puts the humanity back into the dead. We can all relate to “thirsty”!

nrhatch - October 28, 2012

Thanks, FKC. This challenge got me into the mood for a spook~tacular halloween! Boo! 😯

17. Three Well Beings - October 28, 2012

You’ve kicked off Halloween week with a doozy! 🙂 Creepy indeed!

nrhatch - October 28, 2012

Thanks, Debra. I have a few more Halloween Treats in store . . . or will they be Tricks? 😯

18. karen - October 28, 2012

Yup, very chilling. Yikes!

nrhatch - October 28, 2012

Thanks, Karen. As Forest Gump used to say, “Spooky is as Spooky does.” 😉

19. sufilight - October 29, 2012

I am reading this late at night, may it not color my dreams. Very spooky and well done! 🙂

nrhatch - October 29, 2012

This is not a topic I would choose . . . even at Halloween. But Trifecta’s prompt prompted me. 😯

20. trifecta - October 29, 2012

Great job with the prompt! Thanks for linking up. This is super creepy.

nrhatch - October 29, 2012

Thanks for the prompt. Definitely outside my normal writing sphere.

21. barbara @ de rebus (@de_rebus) - October 29, 2012

You’d be thirsty too!! I love it!!

nrhatch - October 29, 2012

Thanks, Barbara. After being spooked, a good laugh dispels the spine-tingles. 😀

22. Booksphotographsandartwork - October 30, 2012

Ugh I walked into my husband’s man cave to find him watching some horrible zombie movie this morning. Needless to say I ran back out. Probably part of his plan. I can be scared enough without that kind of stuff.

nrhatch - October 30, 2012

I haven’t watched zombie movies since my teens when Creature Feature was a favorite show to watch late at night. Especially around Halloween.

Now, I realize that images let into my brain stay there . . . like zombies . . . so I guard the entrance jealously. 😯

23. Zen and Genki - October 31, 2012

Wow. That’s heavy!

nrhatch - October 31, 2012

It definitely kicked off the Halloween tingles for me!

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