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Shadow-clad, softly he treads, 
a harbinger of death, and he's out hunting. 
Stilettos in a leather belt, his weapons keen 
and gleaming in the gaslight; 
skulking in concealment there he waits. 

Patience; his bloodlust can't be hurried. 
He hears footsteps on the cobblestones, 
a harlot leaves her trick and heads for home. 
Silently he sneaks behind, disgusted 
by her cheap perfume, and strikes. 

He draws his blade across her neck, 
a crimson torrent splatters. 
Slick and precise, he harvests 
what he needs from the hapless wench 
and disappears back into darkness. 

What sickness sparks his bestial lust, 
and who then is to blame? 
It matters not, the deed is done, 
a debt that must be paid. 
his is a soul that never will be saved. 

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  1. Date: 12/29/2012 11:05:00 PM
    I love this Keith ;},,,, Was reading a story about the ripper last week,, thank you for reading " She Walks" my friend had a picture of a lady in black, in a snowy grave yard. With a black crow on headstone. I also wrote two poems in her memory " M' and Emie.

  1. Date: 12/20/2012 10:43:00 AM
    "Shadow-clad, softly" How you make the creature of the dark such a study in excellent poetry is your gift. Each stanza is all at once chilling and beautiful. I envy your use of language, the alliteration and your perfect placement of words and verse. bravo! love, Kathy

  1. Date: 11/29/2012 4:38:00 PM
    hey keith! i thought it worked very well with only 3 verses but you're right - the 4th verse ties it all together and makes it feel more complete. i love the alliteration, especially in the first line...

  1. Date: 11/29/2012 3:55:00 PM
    you've painted such a vivid picture here i wanted to shout out to the woman to run the other way! beautifully written...