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Vision is shadowy; I choke the steering wheel with knuckles turned white
the shifty roads are blanketed with fresh powder, day has fallen into night
a small oval portion amongst a foggy windshield was my view
traction became lost, tires slid, there was nothing I could do
I prayed to God that He would keep me safe from any harm
He must have heard because I spun out and landed in a tree farm
the skeletal infant trees did not stand up against my brawny Range Rover
if I had struck a mature oak or maple, surely it would have been game-over

once my trembling core ceased to a manageable state 
I was taken aback by a heavy rod iron gate 
not two seconds before, an open field of trees lied ahead
against my better judgment, slowly I decided to tread
uneasy, I glance over my shoulder to ensure my car is still there
if a gate could unexplainably appear, I feared a car could dissolve in thin air
I am impressed and terrified at the magnitude of what stood before me
I pressed my face up against the icy frame and gasped at what I did see

children; small children not aged more than eight
simultaneously detected They had a visitor at the gate
robotically, as if on cue, They began to drift toward me
cloaked in robes of slate, I fixated on a child wearing a key
the piece that hung from his neck flickered as if it were on fire
with a green stomach, I knew my situation was off-colour and dire

I attempted to address Them but all that escaped was my breath in the icy air
in chorus They froze – countless eyes offered nothing but a vacant stare
I wondered how long They had been locked up for and why
my thoughts were interrupted by a small girl’s haunting cry
my eyes searched frantically to see where the ominous iron curtain went to
my mouth tapped dry when I learned it was I, who was caged, like an animal at the zoo
anxiously I  turned around when They became engrossed with something behind me
large yellow eyes cut through the darkness and my demise was all I could see

I was trapped.  In order to survive I had to acquire possession of that key …

april 25, 2012
Diana-Marie Bombardieri
for Gail's CONTEST - Stranded 0r a Ghost story

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  1. Date: 5/4/2012 9:39:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in the "Stranded/Ghosts" contest Diana-Marie. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 5/3/2012 12:49:00 PM
    A cut and paste apology for a cogratulations message but congrats. Am on holiday with limited access xx

  1. Date: 5/2/2012 7:57:00 PM
    Congratulations Diana on your super win, loved the story the first time I read it, I thought yep it's a winner, love you girl and wanted to to tell you I had a great time at sushi today, but glad I didn't eat the hot green stuff, I had a blast, xxxmom.

  1. Date: 5/2/2012 3:56:00 PM
    This contest as brought the best out of so many poets, and this wonderful winner is no exception. congrats, Diana-Maria. harry

  1. Date: 5/2/2012 3:47:00 PM
    congrats on your win Diana

  1. Date: 5/2/2012 2:42:00 PM
    Another great short story with a real good finallee! Congrad's on your win. Light & love

  1. Date: 4/25/2012 2:34:00 PM
    Smile ~ I love the way in which your talented and lovely beauty weaves us in and out of suspense and intrigue and i cannot wait for the conclusion to find out not only what has or shall become of the precious children, yet even more so, your priceless beautiful self ~ My love to You, John!:) ~