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In Strangler's Wood

In forest's night, the 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.

Date: 2/9/2010

Copyright © | Year Posted 2010

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Date: 6/13/2019 10:43:00 AM
Back again with more congrats, Andrea.
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Date: 2/25/2019 7:56:00 PM
Beautifully suspenseful and eery, Andrea! Congratulation on your win! Hugs, Sandra
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Date: 2/25/2019 3:50:00 PM
Back with congrats, Andrea.
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Date: 2/24/2019 2:49:00 PM
Andrea, I can see you're in touch with your inner Edgar Allan Poet :) This is a good one to recite around the campfire if you want the kids to stay up all night. Yikes! I have to Fav it! Congratulations on your win on Mile 20 of my 2019 Poetry Marathon Contest! Thank you so much for supporting my contests. By continuing to place in the contests you are accumulating points toward the final. ~Mark
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Date: 2/24/2019 2:17:00 PM
Ah now I remember this one from my goosebumps contest! Great to read it again ... SO good! In fact I’m going to fave it so I can keep it on my poetic pocket ;-)
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Date: 12/22/2018 8:08:00 AM
Very well written Andrea..One of my favorites..Congrats on your win!
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Date: 12/22/2018 4:27:00 AM
Now look here, Andrea... the idea was to give NINA Goosebumps... not me! Brilliant.
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Date: 12/22/2018 2:58:00 AM
Wow Andrea, I can see the trees 'quavering' and feel their fear. This is a brilliant poem and well deserved win - congratulations! Kindest thoughts Ann xx
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Date: 12/21/2018 2:12:00 PM
Very well written Andrea.
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Date: 12/21/2018 1:25:00 PM
Truly chilling, Andrea, and I think one of your best. You create vivid images of the man in the woods who is but a witness to murder. We never like to think evil people walk among us, but sometimes they do. Congratulations on your top win in Nina's contest! Hugs, Carolyn
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Date: 12/21/2018 11:48:00 AM
Wow Andrea! Spectacular piece! You nailed it with this one, fabulous gold win, congratulations! :)) xomo!
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Date: 12/21/2018 9:54:00 AM
Back with well deserved congrats on your gold medal win, Andrea.
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Date: 12/21/2018 9:39:00 AM
Congratulations on first place with this spine-tingler! Love it, Andrea!
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Date: 12/21/2018 9:30:00 AM
Congrats on your top win, Andrea, I love the imagery of darkness and this poem has such a wonderful flow to it. Happy holidays my friend. John
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Date: 12/21/2018 9:20:00 AM
Andrea, Andrea, you do it again - another piece of brilliance tops my contest! So much to love about this - the relentless rhythm, the whispering echoes, and more than that, the sense that shadows are truly NOT the worst thing. That's what gave me the heebie jeebies! Outstanding - well done!
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Date: 4/15/2018 4:57:00 PM
What a beautiful fluid epic poem, Andrea. Love it.
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Date: 1/8/2017 2:16:00 AM
Wow! What a delightful, frightful poem! It really sucks you in. And, congrats on your placement in the contest. Really great! Carole Duet
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Date: 1/7/2017 5:12:00 PM
Excellent, excellent, excellent!!!
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Date: 1/7/2017 7:10:00 AM
I really enjoyed reading this poem Congrats!
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Date: 6/15/2016 9:43:00 PM
It looks the same as the Tanka version - I still like it! ...Fran
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Date: 8/26/2015 11:42:00 PM
Andrea, congrats on being Top Cat.. Your first place winner was outstanding!
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Date: 8/23/2015 4:43:00 AM
Awesome poem. This has to be one of my favs. Love the rhyme and imagery. You've set the scene perfectly. Gives me chills. Congrats. ; ) Jan
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Date: 8/20/2015 7:03:00 PM
Andrea, Congratulations --- Always ~LINDA~
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Date: 8/20/2015 1:12:00 PM
Andrea, Your poem,to me, is a great work of contemporary art. Congratulations! Barbara
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Date: 8/18/2015 8:11:00 AM
ooh that is awesome.!. I was hooked!
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