That Was A Left, Right?


Nightmare lord,

 Lead Recruiter of Evil,

Huddled behind

The wooden cross

Above the pulpit.

Demon intern,

Lousy mapmaker;

Jumbled left and right.

He’d give him Hell,

If not paralyzed

By the Light.


TrifectaPicture11-1This is my response to Trifecta’s weekend prompt:

It’s now time for some Trifextra fun. Thirty years ago, Roald Dahl published the book Dirty Beasts, a collection of poems for children about weird and wonderful animals. The last poem, however, is called The Tummy Beast about a boy who thinks there’s someone living in his belly. Your Trifextra challenge is to write 33 words on a beast in an unusual place. No swamps or forests or caves, we really want you to take your beast out of its comfort zone.

I figured what could be more out of the comfort zone for a demon than the inside of a church?  Behind the cross no less 🙂  That demon intern had better watch out though, because if his boss gets out, I see pain and misery in his future!  (On a technical note:  the photo above is of a Catholic church.  I’m not Catholic, so I’m not certain if they have images of the cross inside.  The Baptist/non-denominational ones I’ve been to have…but I didn’t have a photo of one easily accessible.  Meaning:  I’m too lazy to retrieve my backup drive and search it!)

If you want to read other responses, or even better- submit your own, click the link above to view Trifecta’s site.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a beautiful weekend!


71 thoughts on “That Was A Left, Right?

    • jannatwrites October 25, 2013 / 8:38 AM

      Thanks, Susan! I’m glad you liked this one 🙂

    • jannatwrites October 25, 2013 / 8:38 AM

      Thanks, Bjorn…I had some fun with this one!

  1. Debbie October 25, 2013 / 7:58 AM

    As a Catholic, I can vouch that our churches DO have crosses inside (though most of the crosses tend to be crucifixes). By the way, this looks like St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square, New Orleans, USA. Am I right??

    • jannatwrites October 25, 2013 / 8:42 AM

      Thanks for the confirmation, Debbie! The crosses I’ve seen have been between six and eight feet tall and some of them have lighting that make them look other-worldly.

      You pegged the location correctly. The photo was from my NOLA trip in 2012. I know I have some photos of other small churches in Arizona- Sedona in particular but I don’t have time to find them today.

  2. SuziCate October 25, 2013 / 8:08 AM

    This is an awesome response to that trifecta challenge…your creativity amazes me!

    • jannatwrites October 25, 2013 / 8:43 AM

      Thanks, SuziCate! I think I’ve done spooky to the hilt this month, so I figured a different take was in order 🙂

    • jannatwrites October 25, 2013 / 8:44 AM

      You got it, Quickstepp! I like the irony that in NOLA, the demon ends up in a church…poor guy was probably headed to Bourbon Street 😛 I so wouldn’t want to be that mapmaker!

  3. Ann Bennett October 25, 2013 / 8:52 AM

    I have a lot of respect for religious institutions. However, I get cautious anytime gets to tooting too loud they are good Christians. Once burned, twice shy. Good observation.

    • jannatwrites October 25, 2013 / 9:00 AM

      The insulated, self-inclusive mindset of some religions/churches doesn’t sit well with me (I’ve visited some). Reading of Jesus’ short time on earth tells me that we should embrace the ‘cast-offs’ as He did. Being a Christian isn’t a label to be worn, it’s the way of one’s heart.

      Okay, I’m off my soapbox now 🙂 Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts, Ann!

    • jannatwrites October 25, 2013 / 11:06 AM

      Well, he’s hoping not to live there forever…if he get’s his strength, he’ll be off to find some darkness 🙂 Thanks for reading, Tina!

  4. Christine October 25, 2013 / 9:53 AM

    This is AWESOME, every word!

    • jannatwrites October 25, 2013 / 11:06 AM

      Thanks, Christine! Just having some fun on a Friday 🙂

  5. Catherine Johnson October 25, 2013 / 9:56 AM


    • jannatwrites October 25, 2013 / 11:06 AM

      Thanks for reading, Catherine…glad you liked it 🙂

  6. Valerie October 25, 2013 / 10:41 AM

    Lousy mapmaker! That’s great!

    • jannatwrites October 25, 2013 / 11:07 AM

      Even intern demons make mistakes 🙂 Thanks for reading, Valerie!

  7. joetwo October 25, 2013 / 10:52 AM

    A demon there would not be happy. Good one!

    • jannatwrites October 25, 2013 / 11:07 AM

      If he weren’t so drained, he’d be wreaking some havoc for sure. Thanks for stopping by, Joe!

  8. chamblee54 October 25, 2013 / 11:02 AM

    paralyzed by the light? I bet he was wrapped up like a douche.

    • jannatwrites October 25, 2013 / 11:13 AM

      Nah, only if he was blinded! He could’ve been revved up like a deuce, though 🙂

      Thanks for reading, Chamblee!

  9. J. Milburn October 25, 2013 / 11:37 AM

    I would not want to be that intern when he gets out of there! Or maybe he did it deliberately to “move up.” Oooh, scandal and intrigue in Hell (or is it Washington?). Great work!

    • jannatwrites October 25, 2013 / 11:29 PM

      Haha! Don’t get me started on Washington 🙂 Deliberate or accident, I’m pretty sure the intern will regret it! Thanks for reading and the fun comment, J.Milburn.

  10. vishalbheeroo October 25, 2013 / 12:12 PM

    That’s make for interesting treat and me too, religion doesn’t sit well with me:)

    • jannatwrites October 26, 2013 / 12:51 AM

      I appreciate you stopping by to read and share your thoughts, Vishal!

  11. Lance October 25, 2013 / 12:25 PM

    As a lefty frustrated Christian, I “got” this one all the way. I love what you did here.

    good one

  12. nrhatch October 25, 2013 / 12:41 PM

    Well done, Janna!

  13. shannoncity October 25, 2013 / 2:37 PM

    Out-eviled by a map maker, guess there’s a new Nightmare Lord in town… 🙂

    • jannatwrites October 25, 2013 / 11:34 PM

      It could’ve been an honest mistake (is there such a thing in hell?) Thanks for reading, Shannoncity!

  14. Eric Alagan October 25, 2013 / 4:20 PM

    That’s interesting what you say – the church is the last place you’ll find an evil intern.

    They forgot to mention that to all those wolves in sheep’s clothes.

    Sorry, Janna, but I simply felt compelled to say that – having witnessed first hand how some priests carry on.


    • jannatwrites October 25, 2013 / 11:38 PM

      I’m not familiar with priests, but I’ve seen some preachers whose hearts don’t seem to be pure. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts, Eric!

  15. EagleAye October 25, 2013 / 6:44 PM

    Definitely an uncomfortable place for the Nightmare Lord. Very very clever!

    • jannatwrites October 25, 2013 / 11:39 PM

      Thanks, EagleAye! I appreciate you stopping by.

  16. lennygore October 26, 2013 / 6:30 AM

    The most terrifying beast of all! Good job!

    • jannatwrites October 27, 2013 / 9:30 PM

      Yay! So glad you’re giving it a try 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, Lauren!

  17. Linda Vernon October 26, 2013 / 11:08 AM

    Now that is a truly scary thought Janna!

  18. deanabo October 26, 2013 / 11:13 AM

    You are brilliant with your words. I love where you took this.

    • jannatwrites October 27, 2013 / 9:33 PM

      I appreciate your kind words, Deana….thanks for taking time to read it!

  19. agjorgenson October 26, 2013 / 8:25 PM

    Well done! Very clever, this one.

    • jannatwrites October 27, 2013 / 9:35 PM

      Glad you liked it, Allen. I had some fun with it this weekend!

  20. Rachael October 26, 2013 / 11:27 PM

    Ha! That intern’s gonna be in trouble soon! Love it!

    • jannatwrites October 27, 2013 / 9:37 PM

      Thanks, Rachael. Yes, I think there will be trouble for sure!

  21. Michael October 27, 2013 / 5:47 AM

    Should’ve used GPS…:P

    • jannatwrites October 27, 2013 / 9:38 PM

      Haha…true. I guess demons go old school, Michael!

  22. Renada Styles October 27, 2013 / 11:24 AM

    ah, i love it, the wording and take on the prompt.

    • jannatwrites October 27, 2013 / 9:38 PM

      Thanks for stopping by to read it, Renada!

  23. pattisj October 27, 2013 / 1:07 PM

    Haha, you picked a very uncomfortable place!

    • jannatwrites October 27, 2013 / 9:39 PM

      I thought so…glad you stopped by to read it, Patti!

  24. atrm61 October 27, 2013 / 1:37 PM

    As always,you have nailed this beast Janna-great job:-)

      • atrm61 October 27, 2013 / 11:09 PM

        :-)I hate missing reading what you write 🙂

        • jannatwrites October 28, 2013 / 11:50 PM

          Aw, thanks, Atreyee! I appreciate you reading when you can.

        • atrm61 October 29, 2013 / 2:56 AM

          :-)Same here Janna ❤

    • jannatwrites October 28, 2013 / 11:52 PM

      For now….he’s too weak to get out of there (the prayers, angels and worship just zap his energy.) Thanks for reading, Rob!

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