Post-weekend Poetry 005: ‘Empty’ by Julia Kavan

Welcome to the new Post-weekend Poetry and the fifth poem in this new weekly series. This week’s piece is entitled ‘Empty’ by Julia Kavan.


I see you
Flesh and blood
My derelict home
Banished, empty, all alone
Ripped apart
Soul from bone

I see you
Broken, decayed
Mindless, soulless

I see you
A battered shell
A staring unseeing
Hollowed out human being
A vision from Hell

I see you
Flesh and blood
My derelict home
Stupefied, shuffling, all alone
A slave forever
Your soul has flown

Wow, my type of poem. I asked Julia what prompted this piece and she said…

Many writers start out writing poetry, and I had a couple of poems accepted and published in print anthologies under another name around ten years ago. Empty was originally written for a themed competition on a writer’s forum. The prompt was ‘zombies’.  I think my interpretation of what it was to be a zombie at that time was of some emotionless being with its soul removed. I wondered what that soul might think if it could look back at its old body. It was later published by the now closed Absent Willow Review website, with some wonderful artwork.

Thank you Julia. 🙂

Born in the University city of Cambridge, England, Julia has spent most of her life living in Cambridgeshire – atmospheric and the perfect inspiration for ghost stories. She has taught creative writing classes for the last ten years, whilst writing screenplays, tackling a novel and experimenting with short stories.
A true Scorpio, her tastes definitely err towards the dark side. Her favourite painting is Salvator Rosa’s L’Umana Fragilita. Her music collection includes Holst, Orff, 30 Seconds to Mars and Linkin Park.

She devoured horror stories as a teenager, including James Herbert and Stephen King in her list of favourite authors, moving on to Clive Barker and Peter Straub. As a child she would watch anything that even vaguely looked as if it may be scary… so perhaps it is only natural that this is the area her writing tends to wander into – even if she doesn’t always intend it to! Her short erotic horror story, Dreaming, Not Sleeping was released by Etopia Press last year, and she is currently working on a supernatural mystery set in East Anglia.

You can find Julia via her website, Twitter and Facebook.

If you’d like to submit your poem (40 lines max) for consideration for Post-weekend Poetry take a look here.

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3 thoughts on “Post-weekend Poetry 005: ‘Empty’ by Julia Kavan

  1. sherylbrowne says:

    Ooh, brave girl! I watched my first horror aged about ten! I was staying over at a relative’s house at the time. Had to sleep on the sofa. Film was, The Hand, or similar. Spent the whole night imagining ‘the hand’ creeping up the back of the sofa. Eeek! Love the poem. 🙂


  2. Julia Kavan says:

    Thank you, Sheryl 🙂

    I love the kind of horror that creeps up on you from behind – subtle but terrifying and stays at the back of your mind waiting for when you turn the lights off… 🙂

    Thanks for having me, Morgen!


  3. morgenbailey says:

    You’re so welcome, Julia. Thank you for taking part before, now and in the future (and Sheryl will be :)).

    Ever since the first Halloween movie I’ve refused to have a knife block in my kitchen…

    M x


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