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Willow's Bluff, part 2

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Willow's Bluff, part 2

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Willow's Bluff  (Part 2)
   by Amy Swanson     2.9.2009


The whispers getting louder now,
my screams rose silently
trying to escape my lips,
my arms now  beating violently!

"Let me go! What do you want!?"
my mind's voice now demanded
of the whispering captors
who somehow held me, stranded.

The pressure of the moment
held me paralyzed with fear.
Oh how I wish I'd stayed away
and never come in here!

Tightening around my chest
and whispers growing still...
my mind was racing frantically,
my body felt a chill.


And then... a human voice... a light...
the sun gentle and warm...
my eyelids fluttered... I awoke,
completely safe from harm.

My husband leaned down close to me
and said "Are you all right?
You took a spill and konked your head,
you gave us all a fright."

Confused, I nodded slowly
and my eyes turned toward the river
the path I'd taken in my dream was there...!
I felt a shiver.

"Yes, yes, of course, I'm doing fine,
don't worry about me.
I'll be right there, you go ahead,
but first, there's something I must see."

I saw the path, still beckoning
it looked as in my dream...
a little further down the way
...the same unsettling theme.

The cave stood eerily in sight,
but I did not venture in.
A million questions to my mind,
this journey from within.

What did it mean? and how
could I explain what I had seen?
I chose to bury it down deep
and call it ... just a dream.

They say that only fools rush in
where angels fear to tread
walking down an unknown path
can lead straight to the dead.

One thing for certain, deep inside
I know this was not fluff -
so if you find an unknown path...
beware of Willow's Bluff.

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  1. Date: 2/10/2009 1:25:00 PM
    Amy, I love this beautifully penned write. The cadence is perfect, the story is great as is the imagery. Loved the eerie feeling and the way it leaves you wanting more. Also there could be a moral at the end. Excellent write! Love, Robin

  1. Date: 2/10/2009 11:24:00 AM
    Oooo...this is a little eerie, like you said, like a Grimm's fairy tale, but such a fun poem to read!! Great job....you kept us glued to the ending!!Love, Carrie ps...I like my little walks in the woods too...but now I may be a little nervous just where I go!!!!!!!!!

  1. Date: 2/9/2009 8:19:00 AM
    caves of the unconscious indeed...! a great read Amy .... thank you so much for your comment on Solar Plexus

  1. Date: 2/9/2009 7:09:00 AM
    I absolute love this piece..so much in the first half of this write ..a little creepy.lol.but well written and the ending is cool..Nice work.

  1. Date: 2/9/2009 6:52:00 AM
    Wow, I love this one. Just excellent, my friend! Great fun. OK so is this a true story? You have me curious now. LOL Love your slightly creeped out friend, (in a good way) Christie

  1. Date: 2/9/2009 6:49:00 AM
    Excellent ending and beginning as well, I'd read this over and over not only for the enjoyment but the message that lies there within your words. Michael