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The Forest

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The Forest

A woodland path stippled with sun, hushed and quiet -
but the path I found myself on was a dark and dangerous one.
I'd been blackberrying - bramble-scratched, branch-slapped -
snapping from barbs berries fat as leeches
seeping blood-juices on my fingers.
Wood anemones opened pale hands to reach for me,
their fragrant star faces enticed me.
They beckoned, pulling me further and further away
from the world I knew and deeper into the wood.

The forest closed around me, trapping me
in a tangle of twining paths and trembling trees,
the ground layered with brown and golden leaves. 
Treetops cackled with the black caws of crows,
bushes bled red berries, grasses lashed my legs.
And every time the footpath forked
I went deeper, I went darker.
Tick-tock time slowed to a crawl,
watch hands wound backwards.

The whispering wood grew dimmer;
what little light there was struck trees and disappeared.
Fly agaric mushroomed into blood-raw open sores,
ivy ropes dangled nooses from branches.
Crying was useless, my panic-forced tears were hopeless.
Moles mouldered, luminous with maggots,
rabbits rotted, their throats ripped out.
Sky turned ink-dark, lonely wood-wild nights engulfed me.

With time, thoughts of home began to fade,
the seething forest seemed friendlier;
trees were a tease of teal and green,
rippling with strange and teeming life.
Amber algae scorched sunsets on umber bark,
wood sorrel crept, beetles burrowed, lichens came alive.
The forest floor was feathered with ferns
and plush with sponge-soft moss.
Now and again I caught the briefest glimpse of blue,
cool and welcome as water,
and once or twice, through distant trees, I spotted
what I took to be the twinkling lights of a town,
but it was only rainbow flickers glinting on leaves.

I've been gone too long, I'm too far gone.
Faint memories of home still siren-sing to me,
but just when I think I've found the right track
the forest tightens its grip, drawing me back.

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  1. Date: 10/1/2013 8:40:00 PM

    wonderful win Charlotte, ............. LUV.............. SKAT

  1. Date: 10/1/2013 7:00:00 PM

    An intriguing write....much congratulations..

  1. Date: 10/1/2013 12:29:00 AM

    so dark and kind of like Stephen King or something, except more poetic! I kind of remember this from a time back. I really love it. You are always so good, Charlotte. Congrats on the winner list.

  1. Date: 9/30/2013 6:31:00 PM

    finely penned...congrats on your win :)

  1. Date: 9/30/2013 1:29:00 PM

    Charlotte, your entry really took me on a journey...twisting and dark...I enjoyed it very much. Thank you for entering it!

  1. Date: 9/30/2013 12:12:00 PM

    Charlotte, a nice win....Linda

  1. Date: 9/30/2013 11:47:00 AM

    Contest Winners: In the Woods. Sponsored by: Caleb Smith. - Congratulations on your wonderful poem in this contest, Charlotte. - Pleased to read your poem, well written! - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 11/23/2011 5:59:00 AM

    Congratulations on your win in P.D.'s "Dark Woods" contest Charlotte. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 11/22/2011 8:06:00 AM

    Congratulations on your win in PD's contest! Well deserved! Hugs, Catie :)

  1. Date: 11/21/2011 10:44:00 PM

    Whatever it is, is was spellbinding. Congratulations Charlotte

  1. Date: 11/21/2011 10:23:00 PM

    C.P., this was a great walk through the woods.. enjoyed your imagination, Congratulations, in my Dark Woods, contest.. ;-) take care and have a good night,..p.d.

  1. Date: 6/21/2011 11:24:00 AM

    Heya Charlotte. I struggled with the placements. Could have given both you and Catie a tie for 1st place. I mentioned before how much I enjoy your poetry. This poem is another exceptional piece. Thank you for entering into my contest~!

  1. Date: 6/21/2011 8:33:00 AM

    The dark forest part has been so well scribed and then like with a magic wand it all changes..liked that.Many Congrats to you Charlotte on your fantastic win..love, gautami

  1. Date: 6/21/2011 4:51:00 AM

    Congratulations on your win in Chris's "Precious Gem" contest Charlotte. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/21/2011 3:42:00 AM

    Awesome Charlotte, I just love the images your words created in this one.. Congratulations on your win in the contest :) Wilma

  1. Date: 6/20/2011 9:53:00 PM

    congratulations on your wonderfully imagery-laden poem, charlotte Way to GO.

  1. Date: 6/20/2011 3:10:00 PM

    My congratulations on the win in the contest of chris, Charlotte

  1. Date: 6/20/2011 12:30:00 PM

    sparkling all the way, charlotte! big cheers to you for real special win! :) huggs, nette

  1. Date: 6/20/2011 11:22:00 AM

    I am definitely smiling right now, seeing this beauty among the winners, again, Charlotte ^_^! Keep on writing your gems! Super congrats on your win, this is definitely well deserved! :D

  1. Date: 6/20/2011 9:10:00 AM

    What an imagination, not to mention your word-crafting skills. CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR GREAT WIN. Well done, Charlotte. :))

  1. Date: 6/20/2011 8:28:00 AM

    Congrats on 2nd Place, Charlotte. Awesome. Well deserved. Nice going. xxxRalph

  1. Date: 6/14/2011 4:25:00 PM

    Just like being there. This clever write draws you in just as the forest drew the character in. Love it Terry

  1. Date: 6/14/2011 7:37:00 AM

    most ecellant voyage and actually good for Alice to ;) Congrad's Light & Love

  1. Date: 6/13/2011 9:26:00 PM

    hmmm, this is between a nightmare and a dream. Parts of it scary but other parts mellow. Very interesting for sure. Congratulations. Your imagery is awesome as always. Luv, Andrea

  1. Date: 6/13/2011 7:07:00 PM

    Hauntingly beautiful. Congratulations. Love Vie

  1. Date: 6/13/2011 3:55:00 PM

    Congrats on your win..Sara

  1. Date: 6/13/2011 12:43:00 PM

    Congratulations Charlotte, on your win with this lovely write~ Caryl

  1. Date: 6/13/2011 9:53:00 AM

    Wow! Was the first word that popped to mind as I read this, Charlotte! you have this amazing ability with imagery-- what a very eerie write, yet also very intriguing. Once could almost be in that forest themselves, just very vivid! I honestly think that you are truly one of the beautiful gems here at the Soup and I sure do wish that your poems were read by more people here, they are honestly missing a lot. Congratulations on your awesome win with this masterpiece.

  1. Date: 6/13/2011 7:38:00 AM

    Congratulations on your win in Constance's "A Woodland Path" contest Charlotte. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/12/2011 2:39:00 PM

    Congrats Charlotte on your fabulous win with this very different approach on the woodland theme..love, gautami

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