Black Bog

 My descent was gradual, sedge meadows with wondrous pink orchid variations visited by never identified damselflies, my head starting to swim; erasing time, giving way to a dark canopied wetland of black spruce, difficult to traverse, sloping deer trails the safest path to take, avoiding quick-mud holes. These trails are popular in the forest, as signs reveal, death struggle remains, the saddest.
 This is the area I saw the hairless half ape/half wolf like creature block my trail, stopping to look at me deeply, then vanishing like a ghost, without even a ruffle of plants.
 Sometimes a plant, flower or insect calls to me "come closer" so I approach with caution; my hand carved heavy oak staff probing for danger, strong enough to ward off bears and badgers, snakes & insect saboteurs, intent on my demise.
 With compass and topo I chart my course, knowing each time I visit these wild places in the forest off Lake Superior, it could be my last, so I bring back natural, wondrous souvenirs that fill my day-dreams, content once more, cleansed of my sins by Her Majesty, the forests off Gitchi Gumee.


Authors note...never venture into these wild places alone, always be prepared with survival equipment in your pack.
 
 

Copyright © | Year Posted 2018




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Date: 2/16/2018 7:19:00 PM
hey jimbobby, never pictured you a pink orchid kind of guy (jus kiddin). your last line put me in mind of Gordon Lightfoot's song Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald. anyway, cool story mate
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Date: 1/29/2018 4:42:00 AM
A tale of adventure, wonder and risk, well told!
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Date: 1/28/2018 1:31:00 PM
Much enjoyed!
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Date: 1/28/2018 11:46:00 AM
Such an adventure this is! Well written James. :)
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Date: 1/28/2018 7:06:00 AM
You take the reader on this forest journey--awesome imagery of scenes on the trail..very well depicted, James.
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Date: 1/27/2018 11:19:00 PM
You're a lucky man...from the forest, you may never return...Nice imagery in your poem...All the best James
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