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The Dark Side of October

Late October moon is waking, through this cemetery shaking,
shaking as the cold wind breaking, walking ‘neath an old oak tree.
Stones like sentries undertaking, guarding graves as hearts are aching,
aching for the still ones staking, such an eerie sight to see –
dark and dreary, I’m so leery, such an eerie sight to see –
     is this but a reverie?

In the graveyard shadows shimmer, dark of night is growing dimmer,
dimmer still without a glimmer, shadows ‘round the old oak tree.
Shadows dancing ever nearer, nearer still and getting clearer,
clearer like distorted mirror, twisting ghastly sight to see –
growing vastly, looming lastly, such a ghastly sight to see –
     certainly a reverie?

Piercing sounds are penetrating, ear drums deafening pulsating,
ringing louder, devastating, echoes off the old oak tree.
Echoes bouncing screeching grating, ever louder agitating,
instigating, fears creating, from this ghoulish sight to see –
Am I mulish, maybe foolish, such a ghoulish sight to see –
     surely just a reverie?

In the dark my head is spinning, round and round these sights imprinting,
fusing on my brain beginning, questioning my sanity.
All these sights and sounds are weighing, weighing as the ghouls are playing
playing as they do their preying, preying on my vanity –
I am praying, ghouls are swaying, preying on my vanity –
     have I lost my sanity?

Eerie night just seems persisting, lasting as my mind is twisting,
waiting for daylight’s assisting, lighting up the old oak tree.
Eerie sights and sounds now fading, dark of night for daylight trading,
light of day is now invading, leaving me to clearly see –
seeing nearly, life so dearly, oh so clearly now I see –
     must have been a reverie….. 
         or have I lost my sanity?



July 26, 2018

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Date: 6/28/2019 8:00:00 PM
It is a delight to return and enjoy this amazing poem once again, John. Congratulations on your excellent win. Warmest wishes always.. ~Susan
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John Gondolf
Date: 6/29/2019 10:24:00 AM
Thank you so much, Susan, I appreciate your warm wished. John
Date: 6/26/2019 12:40:00 PM
I remember reading this remarkable poem, but where is my comment John?? Congratulations on your very deserving win my friend. I loved this. xxoo
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Date: 6/26/2019 12:54:00 PM
Thank you, Connie, I appreciate thoughts. I never delete comments so I don't know what happened to yours. all the best my friend. John
Date: 12/6/2018 10:45:00 PM
You have succeeded my friend, on creating an amazing Poe like poem. :) I remember reading this. Congratulations John, on this win. ~ Brandy
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Date: 12/7/2018 4:20:00 AM
Thank you for your kind words, Brandy, I appreciate it. John
Date: 12/6/2018 10:17:00 PM
I love your motivation for this poem and congratulations on your win.
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Date: 12/6/2018 10:26:00 PM
Thank you, Miranda, I appreciate it. John
Date: 12/6/2018 6:28:00 PM
Best wishes and sincere congrats on your win in Nina's contest, John - blessings to you and yours for a joyous holiday season, my friend! :-)
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Date: 12/6/2018 8:28:00 PM
Thanks, Greg, I appreciate it. Happy holidays to you and your family as well. John
Date: 12/6/2018 6:19:00 PM
CONGRATULATIONS on your well-deserved win, John. This is GREAT! Janice
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Date: 12/6/2018 8:15:00 PM
Thank you, Janice, I appreciate it. John
Date: 12/6/2018 2:41:00 PM
John, congratulations! Thanks so much for entering this one - yes I think it would raise a twinkle in Poe's eye (or a twitch in Poe's toes?) I love the density of rhyme, the imagery and the rhythm. A really brilliant read.
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Date: 12/6/2018 2:47:00 PM
Nina, thanks so much for the placement and your warm comments, I'm glad you enjoyed my poem. Thanks for hosting the contest as well. John
Date: 8/22/2018 11:36:00 AM
Absolutely spectacular to read, very enchanting! Well done!
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Date: 8/22/2018 11:57:00 AM
Thank you so much, Anastasia, I appreciate your comments and visit. I'm glad you enjoyed my eerie poem. John
Date: 8/12/2018 6:44:00 PM
Fantastic imagery and rhyme, John, congratulations on an excellent win! Hugs Eve
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Date: 8/12/2018 7:07:00 PM
Thank you so much, Eve, I appreciate it. John
Date: 8/11/2018 8:52:00 PM
Oh I like this!! Great rhymes and imagery. Congratulations on your #1 win. A fav for me. Enjoyed.
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Date: 8/11/2018 9:19:00 PM
Thank you, Susan, glad you enjoyed it and thanks for the fav. John
Date: 8/10/2018 2:15:00 PM
John congratulations on your win in my contest with this beautifully penned piece!
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Date: 8/10/2018 2:19:00 PM
Thank you, Constance, and thanks for hosting the contest. John
Date: 8/10/2018 2:33:00 AM
Oh this is absolutely wonderful John; the density of rhyme and imagery carried me through absolutely spellbound. This must have taken some work - but worth it! A fave for me :-)
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Date: 8/10/2018 4:24:00 AM
Thank you, Nina, I appreciate it and thanks for the fav. I did put a lot into this; I wrote it over a four day period and probably spent a total of six or seven hours on it to get it the way I wanted. I’m glad you enjoyed it. John
Date: 8/9/2018 9:59:00 PM
John, your excellently expressed poem is deep, dark and eerily moody.. Congratulations on your wonderful win! Warmest wishes always my friend.. ~Susan
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Date: 8/9/2018 10:14:00 PM
Thank you for your wonderful comments, Susan, I appreciate it. Best wishes. John
Date: 8/9/2018 9:01:00 PM
Haunting poesy, masterfully composed, John: A well-deserved win for you in the contest. Best wishes, Gershon
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Date: 8/9/2018 9:46:00 PM
Thanks, Gershon, I appreciate it. John
Date: 7/29/2018 6:36:00 AM
such a spooky poem John I love the impact of the repeated lines:-) hugs Jan xx
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Date: 7/29/2018 7:07:00 AM
Thank you, Jan, I think the repeated lines keeps the poem flowing and keeps the reader interested, I think it’s called chain verse. Thanks for your comments, glad you enjoyed it. John
Date: 7/27/2018 8:29:00 PM
Ahhh, I see you did a Poe type poem here! I remember a contest once where we had to mimic this style. You did it very well!!! Love that ending!
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Date: 7/27/2018 8:41:00 PM
Thank you, Andrea, I appreciate it; glad you enjoyed it. John
Date: 7/27/2018 7:38:00 PM
Fantastic! A poe-like poetic thrill of words! Love this! Fave, dear John!
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John Gondolf
Date: 7/27/2018 8:09:00 PM
Thank you, Kim, I appreciate it. I was channeling Poe on this one, I’m glad you enjoyed it and thanks for the fav! John
Date: 7/27/2018 7:54:00 AM
A very well penned, dark and eerie verse, John. You are very creative. T.J
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John Gondolf
Date: 7/27/2018 8:04:00 AM
Thanks, T.J, I appreciate your comments and taking time to read my poem. John
Date: 7/26/2018 2:49:00 PM
Yes, it is getting close to that time of year. This would make a great Halloween poem. Eerie, and so creepy. You have set the mood perfectly. Don't let lack of comments get you down, as your words have touched the page, and that is what matters. Your thoughts have been set free. ~ Brandy
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John Gondolf
Date: 7/26/2018 3:53:00 PM
Thank you, Brandy, I had intended to hold this poem a couple months before posting it, perhaps I would have more reads if I had held it a while. John
Date: 7/26/2018 10:22:00 AM
Wow! John, What a dark and spooky poem you have penned. Your skillful pen created such riveting imagery. It put in the mind of a Halloween write. I enjoyed it very much. As always excellent job. P.S, I hope to see you soon:-) Alexis
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John Gondolf
Date: 7/26/2018 10:48:00 AM
Thank you for your wonderful comments, Alexis, I felt like this was a pretty good poem but no one has had much to say about it. Thanks for your support my friend. John