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Thursday, May 17, 2012

In the Dark Forest



An ancient evil
Lurks here,
Wandering amongst
Gnarled oak and cypress,
     Waiting,
          Circling,
               Hunting
For a lost traveler,
A weary soul
To serve as easy prey.
Darkness masks its steps,
A moonless night
Perfect camouflage.
     Relentless,
          Pervasive,
               Enveloping all
In its unyielding grasp,
A caterwauling demon
Whose cries
Induce terror
In the bravest heart.


~~~Written for this week's prompt over at Poetry Jam, which asked the question, "Where is your forest?"

13 comments:

Judy Roney said...

Oh, my, Mary..so ominous and shivery. This certainly induced terror in me as I walked through this forest.

Mary said...

I love the words you used in this poem to make it truly frightening, Mary. Especially 'caterwauling demon.' Definitely sounds like a nightmare to me or, if not, those thoughts that go circling late at night when one CANNOT sleep!

Brian Miller said...

oy that darkness is always waiting for those tired and weary....great use of words too caterwauling is such a fun one...smiles...

Grace said...

Those dark spirits waiting in the moonless night are chilling ~ Hopefully our hearts are brave to withstand the terror ~

Happy day to you ~

Laurie Kolp said...

Great poem, Mary. Those last four lines are scary!

Hannah said...

The epitome of a scary dark forest. Nice emotion evoking, Mary!

Christine said...

Forests have always scared me, and yet an intriguing curiosity too, nice write

Helen said...

Wow! You took the forests and turned them into something sinister ~ and for many I believe they are. Nice writing!

Carrie Burtt said...

A chilling write Mary....forrests can have a scarry feel to them...especially at night.

haikulovesongs said...

oooooooh! LOVE this, Mary!

what an exquisite example of setting a mood!! brilliant!

Sreeja said...

Oh me! I felt to be really in a forest..chilling...

Peggy said...

Wow, very scary indeed, Mary. Quite effective and definitely NOT something I will want to read shortly before visiting a shadowy forest! Excellent.

Jinksy said...

Mmmmm...wouldn't like to be abroad in there on a dark night...