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Terror from New Jersey's Devil

New Jersey was still a king’s colony in the 1700s when Mrs. Leeds awaited the birth of child thirteen. In pain during labor she cried a curse! The Quaker is claimed to have given birth to a son of Satan’s demonic worth. The New Jersey Devil’s legend was born. Deep in Pine Barrens where no paths are worn, Mrs. Leeds denied her child with scorn. Deformed with cloven hoofs and bat-like wings, much fear the demon to this day brings. Satanic evening cries through pine trees sing. In 1870 where woods meet sea, a fisherman cast his line at Long Beach, claimed that this devil emerged from the trees. To croon a demon’s tune to a mermaid, this sea beauty’s innocence he sought to jade, but she swam off as his wicked song played. Councilman Weeden in 1909 awoke to hear flapping wings in the night. Cloven hoof prints in snow were left behind. Multiple sightings near Trenton that year, with more across the bay in Delaware. And Pennsylvanians, too, were gripped by fear. Tracks found at May’s Landing, 1960. Ten thousand dollars were offered to he who captured the devil of south Jersey. This bounty unclaimed still leads fearless men to hunt in Pine Barrens, the devil’s den. They enter never to emerge again. Children with wide eyes sit by campfires. Huddled close together, they conspire to capture the winged midnight flyer.
*Submitted for Deb's Monster contest Written with consultation from the New Jersey Historical Society

Copyright © | Year Posted 2014




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Date: 10/14/2014 9:36:00 PM
What an amazing story Carolyn. Congratulations on your win.
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Date: 10/14/2014 9:25:00 PM
Lovely New Jersey story, Carolyn, congrats on the win
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Date: 10/14/2014 3:17:00 PM
wow, here I ma gain to offer congrats on your terrific piece! The last stanza is especially good. BG
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Date: 10/14/2014 12:54:00 PM
Your gift of knowledge always astounds me! Another wonderful poem that not only reads like poetry but is a gift of history! Excellent, dear Carolyn!
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Date: 10/14/2014 11:47:00 AM
Wow Carolyn you went to great lenghts to research this fantastic write - many congratulations you thoroughly deserve the win:-) Hugs Jan xx
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Date: 10/12/2014 1:05:00 PM
A most excellent write here Carolyn. The imagery and flow of your poem is perfect. I'm glad that I could drop by to check your poetry out. You commented on a couple of mine last week. It's amazing how legends can be past down from generation to generation. I've seen that repeat itself quite often. Cheers and Best Wishes, Gary
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Date: 10/5/2014 5:58:00 PM
wonderful job my friend Carolyn... Can't wait to chat and catch up.. good luck in the contest.
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Date: 10/4/2014 11:59:00 AM
excellent contest entry Carolyn so nice to hear from you, may I ask a favor, may I have periods at sentence end as well as cap's at the beginning. Pretty please with sugar? Light & MUCH Love
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Carolyn Devonshire
Date: 10/5/2014 5:21:00 PM
Done, Deb. Hope you and I can chat soon. I may have to go and live with my sister. Health's been poor. Love ya, Carolyn
Date: 10/4/2014 11:09:00 AM
I'd never heard of this..cool write. Be in touch soon..LNC
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