NaPoWriMo 2023 Day 24


Today I’m using the Writer’s Digest prompt for Day 23: write a fear poem.

Recurring Nightmare
by ARHuelsenbeck

I look for my purse
and I realize I left it in a store.
I retrace my steps
and of course it’s not there.

My heart pounds.
I think of the money
and credit cards
and identification
and keys
in my purse
and how hard it will be
to safeguard or replace them.


I look for someone 
to help me.
Did anyone turn in a lost purse?
The store employee 
is no help at all.

I want to go to the bank
to cancel my credit cards
but I can’t drive there
because my keys are in my purse.

I want to call someone 
to come get me
but I can’t 
because my phone is in my purse.

What’s the matter with me?
Why did I put my purse down?

I start walking,
but why?
I’m miles away from home.
Too far to walk.

What do I do now?

Terror rises in my throat.
I just know someone
is happily maxing out my credit cards.
I walk in circles
as my panic escalates.
I talk to myself
and sob.
This is a disaster.

About Andrea R Huelsenbeck

Andrea R Huelsenbeck is a wife, a mother of five and a former elementary general music teacher. A freelance writer in the 1990s, her nonfiction articles and book reviews appeared in Raising Arizona Kids, Christian Library Journal, and other publications. She is currently working on a young adult mystical fantasy novel and a mystery.

3 responses »

  1. My neighbor recently was running errands in her husband’s new car, a Tesla. She accidentally locked everything in the car while going to the post office (which is 12 miles away from home). She was able to borrow a phone from another customer, but then realized she doesn’t know anybody’s phone number, except her husband’s, because they are all just programmed into her phone!
    She got a hold of him, even though he was boarding a plane, and usually doesn’t answer strange phone numbers, and he was able to unlock it remotely. But it was a good lesson to me to print out some phone numbers and keep them with me too!

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