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In Strangler's Wood

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In Strangler's Wood

In forest dark where trees bend low
beneath a slice of half moon’s glow,
          silent shadows waver there,
          chilled by gusts of autumn air.

Quavering, as if afraid,
they fall on stumps from trees decayed.
     among those stumps the shadows creep
     and shroud a form that seems asleep.

Lightning flashes . . . Thunder peals.
A sight forlorn the light reveals
          a man, quite dead, in woolen coat,
          with scarf of death left on his throat.

The shadows saw, and now they quake,
lone witnesses in murder’s wake.
     They cannot speak, but if they could,
     they’d tell all travelers of the wood:

"We’re not the foe.  It’s one of you
that makes us tremble as we do.
          Although we loom and cause you fear,
          something worse is lurking here."

Then Thunder echoes in accord
as from the sky, cold rain is poured.
     And silent shadows start to shrink
     into a night of blackened ink.

Copyright © Andrea Dietrich

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  1. Date: 8/26/2015 11:42:00 PM
    Andrea, congrats on being Top Cat.. Your first place winner was outstanding!

  1. Date: 8/23/2015 4:43:00 AM
    Awesome poem. This has to be one of my favs. Love the rhyme and imagery. You've set the scene perfectly. Gives me chills. Congrats. ; ) Jan

  1. Date: 8/20/2015 7:03:00 PM
    Andrea, Congratulations --- Always ~LINDA~

  1. Date: 8/20/2015 1:12:00 PM
    Andrea, Your poem,to me, is a great work of contemporary art. Congratulations! Barbara

  1. Date: 8/18/2015 8:11:00 AM
    ooh that is awesome.!. I was hooked!

  1. Date: 8/18/2015 7:40:00 AM
    An awesome classic Andrea... Congrats on your win

  1. Date: 8/17/2015 11:03:00 PM
    Wow Andrea a superb pen! Congrats on first place win!

  1. Date: 8/17/2015 4:05:00 PM
    Wow, Andrea...what a well-constructed amazing poem. It gave me chills! Congrats on your deserved First Place win. Also, it's an honor to share the podium with you! Sandra

  1. Date: 8/17/2015 3:29:00 PM
    GREAT poem! I love rhymed, metered poetry, and this is just superb. Janice

  1. Date: 8/17/2015 3:16:00 PM
    Beautiful piece,Nice write...Congrats on your well deserved win...

  1. Date: 8/17/2015 3:09:00 PM
    Andrea, congrats on your wonderful win. SKAT

  1. Date: 8/17/2015 2:49:00 PM
    It gave me goosebumps reading this Andrea many congrats on your top spot:-) hugs jan xx

  1. Date: 11/29/2014 1:17:00 PM
    Brilliant poem!! Dark and foreboding...superb lines!! :) john.

  1. Date: 11/12/2014 8:27:00 PM
    I love it too, add it to my favs.

  1. Date: 6/25/2014 12:49:00 AM
    The reader is captured by your first stanza, then held, spellbound. Beautifully dark composing. Congrats...Your PS friend, ....Gene.

  1. Date: 3/27/2014 11:30:00 AM
    A nice one Andrea, Congratulations, on your own favorite poem. Stay Xool *xox* Forever LINDA

  1. Date: 3/23/2014 4:38:00 PM
    Intrigue and suspense ....I see why this is a fav of yours Andrea. Congrats on this excellent write! Hugs

  1. Date: 3/22/2014 6:20:00 PM
    So dark and eerie, well said with superb wordplay, congrats!!

  1. Date: 3/22/2014 1:24:00 PM
    you do dark well,I wasn't here until 2014, so I have no poem to post, but that doesn't stop me from congratulating you on your win...and from what I've seen I could congratulate you for the next year, you know it may take me a couple of years but I'm coming after your number 1 place...unless I keel over and die first and from what I've seen that could happen...good for you...strong poem my friend

  1. Date: 3/21/2014 9:20:00 PM
    Wow Andrea, this is one of your best if not the best that I have read of yours. And that's goin' some. Well deserved 1st place. Congrats. Peace. :)