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The Water's Edge

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The Water's Edge

Born a legend, based on fact
The story of the blind woman's well
For she couldn't see the water's edge
And in the watery grave, she fell

When the moon shines full in the still of the night 
You can still hear her mournful cries
She's begging for mercy from those in the light
From this place where her body lies

First blinded by darkness and then by revenge
She swore that she'd make them pay
She would take their children one by one
And in her watery grave they'd stay

For they knew that the woman went missing
But there were none who seemed to care
They had seen her bucket at the water's edge
But they chose to leave her there

She lured the children with promises of sweets
That this woman in the well had found
But when they would reach to claim their prize
She would hold them til they drowned 

Twenty times two were the number of lives
Before the curse was finally broken
They filled in the well with tons of earth
To end those words she'd spoken 

No more children would ever go missing
To their watery grave below
But in a well-shaped garden in the middle of town
Forty-one roses still grow

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  1. Date: 5/31/2010 12:18:00 PM
    Another awesome story, Larry. Great write. Hope you're enjoying the long weekend. All the best ...Ralph

  1. Date: 5/31/2010 7:26:00 AM
    What a riveting story about this intriguing woman, her untimely death and the way she took revenge upon those who didn't respond to her cries for help. Can't help but wonder what inspired this creative poem. Excellently penned as always, Larry. Love, Carolyn