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Darkness

Updated on June 19, 2013

Clouds roll in hiding the moonlight,

Darkness falls around me,

The woods grow oddly quiet

Then rustling from the brush,

Something's inside it,

Prowling around waiting,

Smelling the air, tasting my scent,

Hungry to the point of salivating,

Slowly advancing growling as it went,

Louder and louder came that horrible sound,

My heart began to race as I started to run,

I trip over a root sticking out from the ground,

I seemed to fall in slow motion the chase is done,

I could feel it closing in on me fast,

Growling and snarling as it came,

I scramble to my feet ready to flee,

Refusing to turn and look,

This thing I did not want to see,

So close now, I can feel its breath,

Hot and moist on my neck,

Smelling of death,

My heart is pounding in my chest,

The air grows heavy and stale,

No time to stop and rest,

Gripped with fear and covered in sweat,

Fear drives me onward,

My palms are soaking wet,

Closer still I can feel its presence,

Tasting my flesh from the air,

Hungry for my soul my very existence,

Up ahead a glow what a glorious sight,

I'm almost there,

In the darkness I can see a light,

Then suddenly it was gone,

No sign of it in sight,

Gasping for air I collapse upon the earth,

Begging for rest,

Praying for all I am worth,

Don't let it come back don't know what I'd do,

Then from the woods came a howl,

Then another,

Oh my God now there's two!

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      Joanne M Olivieri 

      5 years ago

      I love this. It's exciting, dark and thrilling. Great style and form. Voted up!

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      Anna Haven 

      5 years ago from Scotland

      I have just seen the last two lines of your poem further down the page, last night I thought it ended on 'Oh[...]now theres two!'

      You must have wondered what I was talking about in the comment saying it made me smile, but you were too polite to say.

      I think you are well on the way to finding your niche.

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      Billy Joseph Ethridge 

      5 years ago from Georgetown, S.C.

      Thanks, I'm still honing my craft if you will. I love to write but trying to find my niche though is kind of tough. I appreciate any feedback that I can get.

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      Anna Haven 

      5 years ago from Scotland

      Very interesting. A dark poem right through to the last line, then you changed the style totally and made me smile.

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