She shivered in the misty morn
Her shoulders hunched, her face forlorn
She sat upon a fallen tree
At what she stared, he could not see
Into the woods, she stared so hard
At something she could not discard

Tom, sat beside her, said 'Hello'
But no emotion did she show
'What do you see, out in the trees?'
Her hissed reply made his blood freeze:

'THE DEMON! It watches, and eats up my breath
It  feeds upon what little life I have left!'
'You lie!,' blurted Tom. 'There's nothing to see...'
But already his eyes wandered off to the trees

And within the misty, shadowy woods
Where his eyes would look away if they could
He caught a glimpse in the gnarly bark
Of a tree residing in a place most dark
Where something slithered and quivered and stared
Until his very soul he shared 

The girl now stumbles free of the tree
But Tom is transfixed, transfixed as can be!
'I see it! I see it! 
What shall we do?'

'WE shall do nothing,' she says, 
'Now it's looking AT YOU!'

dryadHalloweentree spiritwoods

◄ Such Dreams as Stuff are made on...

Oh come to me! ►


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Stephen Atkinson

Tue 27th Oct 2020 09:31

Thank you for the additional likes Jordyn, Jack, Tony & Stephen! 😊

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Stephen Atkinson

Sun 25th Oct 2020 18:36

Thank you for the comments Julie & Hugh, & J.D. I'm impressed you're impressed, thank you very much!

And Keith wow! I'm flattered & humbled you think so. I take inspiration & encouragement from yourself & other superb poets on this site. I'm just glad there's people who enjoy reading them. Thanks again. 🌈

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keith jeffries

Sun 25th Oct 2020 13:53


You are a natural poet. Your command of the language, the descriptive nature of your poems and the ability to rhyme combine to create some of the best poetry I have read in a long time. I am so pleased you have arrived in WOL. Your presence with us will be a source of inspiration to many.

This poem is exceptional
Thank you for this


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julie callaghan

Sun 25th Oct 2020 12:59

Hiding behind my cushion!

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J.D. Bardo

Sun 25th Oct 2020 11:49

Stephen, how do you do so well. I would read it ANOTHER five times, however I am afraid my envy will swell.
thanks, I am impressed.

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