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A Creature of Habit: A Beast No More

Updated on January 1, 2014

"I escaped by the skin of my teeth. When I think of his cold and calculating manner, I shudder."

~ Ex-girlfriend Stephanie Brooks speaking about Bundy

Dead flower of a Hibiscus syriacus (Rose of Sharon), that has fallen off the plant.
Dead flower of a Hibiscus syriacus (Rose of Sharon), that has fallen off the plant. | Source

Victims of Ted Bundy

Lisa Levy and Margaret Bowman, victims of Ted Bundy, January 1978. Florida Memory Project
Lisa Levy and Margaret Bowman, victims of Ted Bundy, January 1978. Florida Memory Project | Source

Bundy in Custody

Ted Bundy in custody, Florida, July 1978. Florida Memory Project
Ted Bundy in custody, Florida, July 1978. Florida Memory Project | Source

A Tale of Woe


He lurks without spine

With a hooded gaze

Amid a dank alleyway

Through a din of haze


No destination in mind

He stands all alone

Shrouded in darkness

He plots the unknown


Watching and waiting

For her soul to appear

Calculating the moment

For that taste of her fear


Heart of all desire

He seeks the one

Unsuspecting she is

Whom society shuns


Angel of night

Once born so pure

With Illusory hands

He would seek to lure


He might sample her wares

Use an unscrupulous knife

While taking her breath

He would end her life


When the deed is done

He would fade away

Patiently waiting

For yet another day


No matter the risk

He would strike once again

This creature of habit

Stalks soulless among men


It's hard to tell

Whom he shall seek

An everyday Joe

Sifting the meek


Careful young women

Heed a gentle reminder

At every street corner

Inevitably, he finds her


Note to the Reader

You're probably wondering why would I write something so dark and monstrous?

As a child and even a young woman, I have had my own encounters with possible abductions. Thank God, I was given enough perception and good old common sense when the situation occurred. I recall visiting the great Salt Lake in Utah. I have memory of being inside a souvenir and snack food shop looking at a bunch of homemade salted taffy. A hippyish-looking man with long hair and a beard approached me and asked if I liked to eat candy. I said yes, and he smiled. He then said if I wanted some candy that he had a whole bunch that I could choose from in his van.

I remember the strange sensation in the pit of my stomach, which traveled to my heart, it wasn't exactly fear, but rather an ominous warning. Immediately, I backed away and sought the safe comfort of my mother. As we stood at the check-out counter, the man departed the store rather quickly, and I watched him walk toward his van. The feeling I got when he opened the vehicle door was a sense of dread. As an eight year old with a gifted psychic sense, I had no doubt that other little girls had been lured there.

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    ziyena 3 years ago from Southern Colorado

    Thank you Jade

    I wanted women especially to read this poem so that they take the time to think twice.

    Z

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    jade 3 years ago

    Beautiful......just beautiful......your chosen words have such an elegant, rhyming flow and create a lush imagery in the readers mind. You ignite a chilling sense of danger with a portrait of a killer, not often so well defined.

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    Sparklea 5 years ago from Upstate New York

    Terrific poem, very eerie...well written. No one can be too careful, no one is safe. You made that clear at the end. Voted up, useful and interesting. Blessings, Sparklea

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    Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

    Ziyena, I found this poem thru a link billybuc posted in his hub "Ted Bundy, Our Paperboy". You have a nice style. Your words bring forth the chilling character of this wicked man. He was handsome and intellingent, which I'm sure he used to lure his victims.

    Voted up and I look forward to browsing your other contributions!

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    CJ Sledgehammer 5 years ago

    A well written poem, Ziyena, well done!!!

    Indeed, one should be very careful, because predators come in many shapes and sizes and usually it's the one you least suspect.

    It amazes me, that even with all the public advisories that instructed young women to be vigilant and to be on the look out for any suspicious characters, that this psychopathic sleezball was still able to charm them into his car. He must have been a real word-smith.

    Best wishes and be well - C.J. Sledgehammer

    P.S. Voted up.

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    ExoticHippieQueen 5 years ago

    Good stuff, Ziyena! Great rhythm and imagery. Really enjoyed it and so true............

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    ziyena 5 years ago from Southern Colorado

    Here ... Here!

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    ziyena 5 years ago from Southern Colorado

    Thank you ...

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    Irob 5 years ago from St. Charles

    brilliant perspective

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    Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

    Agree with cleaner ziyena, hauntingly eerie, and tragically oh so true. Evil stalks the good in the night and the day. Use that powerful gift called intuition and the good sense the good Lord gave you as mom used to say.

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    ziyena 5 years ago from Southern Colorado

    I don't think I like this dark side too much, but it was definitely a challenge. A big hug Michael

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    ziyena 5 years ago from Southern Colorado

    Thanks Deborah for your vote of confidence :)

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    ziyena 5 years ago from Southern Colorado

    Wow Billy ... now that's just creepy! You're paperboy???

    Yes, it was a different turn in choice for poetry, but I let it flow and for good cause. Hugs

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    ziyena 5 years ago from Southern Colorado

    There were many images of Bundy, but for some reason this sketch really hit home. Kudos to the artist!

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    ziyena 5 years ago from Southern Colorado

    It's a subject we'd rather not think about but I'm glad to go there.

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    ziyena 5 years ago from Southern Colorado

    Thank you Rahul ...

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    ziyena 5 years ago from Southern Colorado

    nks Bob ... let me know about the rough edges would you?

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    ziyena 5 years ago from Southern Colorado

    Thank you katrine. A good message is what I was hoping for ... if just one woman reads this poem and helps to make her remember to be more aware of the dangers then I feel an accomplishment with this poem. :)

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    KatrineDalMonte 5 years ago

    Good message there ziyena, one can never be careful enough. Well written. Take care.

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    diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

    I wonder how many damaged men wait for flawed wonen as I read.

    Mankind. I'm not religious, but if I were God and Heaven exists, few from the planet would get through my doors.

    Hell is not enough punishment for the violent destroyer of dreams and life: be it fellow man or creature.

    This is a v/good poem. A few rough edges if you are collecting for an anthology

    Bob

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    Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

    Watching and waiting

    "For her soul to appear

    Calculating the moment

    For that taste of her fear"

    I had goosebumps and shivers... haunting poem...nice share thank you!

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    that one girl 5 years ago from Washington state

    Beautifully written, gave me shivers.

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    No_Clue 5 years ago

    Chilling, flowing write with the sad ring of truth! Nice work, here! Great choice of photo, also!

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    Cathy 5 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

    Hauntingly, yes. And it starts with that image you have and slowly reading down the page, a neon sign flashes through each line, "proceed with caution." Good job.

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    Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Well that was a different avenue for you! Beautifully done, handling an ugly topic with lovely poetry. As a side note, the gentleman in the picture was our paper boy when I was a kid in Tacoma, Washington.

    Nice work young lady!

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    Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

    wonderful,and brilliant poetry and so scary because it is so true it happens all the time..

    Blessings to you

    Voted up an awesome and interesting and beautiful

    debbie

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    cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

    Hauntingly brilliant and great poetry too.

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