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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.


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  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. :)

  1. Date: 3/21/2014 7:55:00 PM
    A spooky verse! Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 3/21/2014 7:09:00 PM
    Beautifully written Andrea. Congratulations. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 3/21/2014 6:25:00 PM
    Beautiful and Lovely piece,Andrea..Fantastic write...Congrats on your win....And thanks for visiting my page..As for the What am I contest...I am ALCOHOL(Ethanol),Scientists are trying to produce a fuel mixture of petrol and ethanol..Hahaha..I got you there..Have a nice day,dear .....

  1. Date: 3/21/2014 3:34:00 PM
    Ups! I missed this one (now, Im not commenting but in 2012 I was trying to follow your posting LOL!) Such a dark poem, Andrea. Love the imagery and its gloomy tone. Congratulations on your win! Ruben.

  1. Date: 3/21/2014 1:45:00 PM
    Fun to read with some nice rhyming and rhythm. Congratulations, RAY

  1. Date: 3/21/2014 11:35:00 AM
    another top win, andie.. sweet congrats!,, huggs

  1. Date: 3/21/2014 10:32:00 AM
    Hi Andrea, Loved the poem and the trees response quite moving. Deserved 1st place congrats. Regards Theresa xx

  1. Date: 3/21/2014 8:42:00 AM
    Awesome poem Andrea...Congrats on a great win

  1. Date: 3/21/2014 7:28:00 AM
    Chills and goosiebumps!! 'Something Wicked This Way Comes'...LOVE the way you indented the 3rd and 4th lines in each verse...Packs more punch and makes it even more intense than it already is...

  1. Date: 3/21/2014 6:28:00 AM
    It was a pleasure to read the poem you consider your favorite and best. Congratulations on the win, andrea

  1. Date: 9/24/2013 10:58:00 AM
    splendid write Andrea...

  1. Date: 5/1/2013 3:59:00 PM
    Well, this is a side of you I had not envisioned! Good poem for the Dark Princess's contest for sure. Congratulations, Andrea. Excellent work.

  1. Date: 4/25/2013 1:09:00 PM
    Oh Andrea, gotta fav this gem, I love how it develops to that last quatrain which is perfect!

  1. Date: 4/25/2013 6:25:00 AM
    Congrats on your win with this creepy piece! Its one of my faves.

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