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Moonlight Madness

Sitting alone in the light of the moon
Twirling my glass of red wine
I retreated back into my cocoon
But still felt a chill up my spine

Something flew by in front of the moon
With a silhouette of a wide wing span
Its feathers flapped slow as it sang a tune
Its wings spread out in a fan

Then off he went out into the night
A raptor soaring in flight
The environment alive in the moonlight
Was an awesome yet fearful sight

The quiet stillness of the midnight air
Was a mystically charged atmosphere 
With all my senses alive and aware
I wondered what next would appear

The skeletal branches of a tree
Looked grim in the luminous glow
A leaf came loose and floated free
To the leaf carpeted lawn below

I closed my eyes and drifted to sleep
And dreamed of a forest of trees
And beyond the entrance further in deep
The temperature dropped thirty degrees

I snapped awake then in a flash
With a feeling of foreboding
And didn't really want to rehash
The message too obscure for decoding

I awoke to see in front of me
The same old leaf shedding tree
I thought I heard it speak to me
But honestly, how could that be?

I noticed the tree appeared forlorn
My thoughts were definitely wild
For it was only a honey locust thorn
What some people often reviled

I turned in for the evening after that
Then heard a light tapping on the pane
I saw it wasn't my Maine Coon cat
That’s when I went totally insane

A limb of that tree pointed towards me
Like a finger of a human hand
No more wine but Sleepy time tea
For me, I'm sure you understand

September 20, 2012


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  1. Date: 8/25/2013 11:28:00 PM
    A very unusual poem! I enjoyed it!

    Smith Avatar Holly Smith
    Date: 8/26/2013 3:15:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you, Frank!
  1. Date: 7/22/2013 6:14:00 AM
    You had me at your first line... I was on tenterhooks as to what might happen next. Excellent rhyming, cadence, and imagery! BRAVO Holly!! Best wishes, Keith

    Smith Avatar Holly Smith
    Date: 7/22/2013 6:27:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you, Keith, for taking a look at this!
  1. Date: 7/17/2013 10:19:00 AM
    The crux of night is not for everybody when one is awake. :) I thoroughly enjoyed these lines.

    Smith Avatar Holly Smith
    Date: 7/17/2013 12:20:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you, Drake, for your review of this!