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~~~ Gaunt ~~~

Updated on July 9, 2013

~ Gaunt ~

Tonight, he is the night.

Serenity abounds amongst the evening sounds;

The cut of a jib, slices through the nocturnal calm,

As he deftly pads through the inky-black countryside,

Ready to strike, in this unearthly suspense.

His canine silhouette, framed against a tinted lunar disc;

A misty fog issues forth from baited breath

Through the clouding canvas of this familiar stomping ground.

A willo'- the-wisp dances lazily over the boggy marsh,

As darting eyes, spy ,and scan his waiting prey.

Motionless...coiled like a spring...

Ready to pounce, and launch himself towards his feast.

Jaws salivating...teeth grinding, as he blasts off like a catapult;

Eyes flashing...eyes...... which, in a fleeting moment,

Must bear witness to a grisly spectacle.

He bolts, jumps,and clamps onto his unfortunate foe,

As a fine red mist sprays, and jets of crimson spurt in the air;

His viced jaws sink deep into the gullet of this furred victim;

The crunch of ivory daggers, cracking life-ebbing bones.

Globules of dripping ruby congeal around his muzzle,

As he howls a resounding, blood-curdling shriek, that pierces,

And echoes through the stillness of the graveyard hours.

The limp, lifeless corpse, now suspended, like a second jowl from his angular face.

He slinks back on through, into the pitch - dark, to his gloomy den,

Now striding, confidently, safe in the knowledge that his cubs

Shall live; now, quietly satiated for another day...

... Until next time ......


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    • Romeos Quill profile image

      Romeos Quill 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Thanks a million Jackie Lynnley.

      Have a lovely evening, and a peaceful night.

      Warm Regards,


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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Excellent poetry. Good to read something out of the ordinary. A real talent. ^

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      Romeos Quill 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Thank you kindly, Anna. Pretty much different from the normal offerings.....was fortunate to have two more poems accepted by a publishing house near London, so I thank God, and thank you again for your well wishes.

      Yours Sincerely,


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      Anna Haven 4 years ago from Scotland

      You created a real sense of motion with your words again.

      Great imagery and brooding dark mood. I liked the touch of humanity you gave the creature in the last few lines.

      From love poetry to horror an interesting and very well accomplished slide.

      Congrats on your published poems; I saw it in your updated bio.


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      Romeos Quill 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Hey Flash! Living up to your namesake lol! Thank you.


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      Jennifer 4 years ago from Lost...In Video Games

      This was chilling and suspenseful! Quite a turn from your poems (not that I mind since we all need a break from time to time). Loved it! Have a good one! Voted it up!

      ~The Flash