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On a Dark Night

Updated on April 10, 2011

Awaiting Us.

Waiting!

Hiding in the garden with a dark night on show,

stands the cloaked figure, and the ferryman is waiting to go.

Looking through the window, at children by the bed,

anticipation of another soul, fleeting around his head.

Neighbours and friends are parked at the curbside,

no one able to say,  "it was a short life, is he dead".

Pacing the length of the garden now,

cloak flying in the wind, with wildness in his eyes,

his face grimaced, intimidating in spring.

There's a howl to the sun, a sight to behold,

family in the bushes, preparing a big hole.

"Old Fred is dead we hear," no applause tonight,

He left no legacy, he left no light.

Death marches recklessly, least anyone appears,

"This soul is mine for the taking, I have waited all these years."

"I will wait no more for old Fred, his body is mine by rights,

I thrown down my challenge, the gauntlet immediately in sight."

For standing in the shadows of the garden, Gabriel suddenly in the light,

"Death be gone, I command you, this soul is mine, 

"Old Fred has been a faithful companion, I have watched him all the time.

Guide dogs come and go, but Fred has always been mine."

"And here is where his body shall lay, you have nothing to gain. 

Be gone you now death before I have you slain."




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      Annette Donaldson 6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Leelee I wish I could phone you but I can't afford to we only use the phone line for the broadband connection. Maybe one day I will have saved up enough money to visit. Thank you so much for everything you do for me. x

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      Mrs. J. B. 6 years ago from Southern California

      Netts: Call Me... We have to talk......

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      Annette Donaldson 6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Nighthag, (what a terrible choice of name lol) just the mention of that sends a shiver down my spine. Thank you so much for your comment. Glad to see you stopping by.

      Leelee, thank you my friend, as ever so encouraging. Love ya girlx

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      Mrs. J. B. 6 years ago from Southern California

      Netts: Simply amazing. I truly loved it. Your poetry is of great quality. Submit your works...buzz buzz the pesky fly

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      K.A.E Grove 6 years ago from Australia

      a wonderfully chilling write with an endearing twist, I really enjoyed this... thanks so much for sharing it

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      Annette Donaldson 6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      My dear friend b. thank you for your lovely compliment. I am so happy that you liked my little hub. How are you my friend?

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      A Wonderful Happy ENDiNG for Dead Fred. A Talented read my dear friend Bluestar.

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      Annette Donaldson 6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      MysteriousOne, thank you so much for leaving me such an encouraging comment. I have another little bit of nonsense up my sleeve at the moment. Hopefully I will get it written within the next couple of days.

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      MysteriousOne 6 years ago

      A very interesting write, bluestar. Quite a bit haunting,but I must admit,right up my alley ! I do love the dark stuff,as you well know!! Up and awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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      Annette Donaldson 6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Hi Bill, thank you kind sir, always ready with the compliments and support. From you I consider this a great compliment, but always remember I am learning from the masters, Wayne and yourself x

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      Annette Donaldson 6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Good Evening Epi my friend. This poem started as something quite different and half way threw I changed my chain of thought. You are always so kind and supportive and should never have to sleep with the lights on, so I am sending you a guardian kiss to keep you safe at night. x

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Very, very, good!

      And to think you were once hesitant to allow us see your work!

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      ..oh my goodness - I love this one very much indeed - and as you might know the epi-man does love the dark stuff and this evocative piece really sends chills down my spine - I might have to sleep with the lights on - tonight!!

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      Annette Donaldson 6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      No-Clue, thank you my friend. As ever always there for support and kind words. I am still chasing your heels hunnie. x

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      No_Clue 6 years ago

      I really like the idea of The Grim Reaper being bested by an angel...guide dogs are precious spirits, angels in their own rights! Good triumphing over evil! You did a great job with this, star! Voted up and up!

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      tnderhrt23 6 years ago

      You are most welcome!

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      Annette Donaldson 6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Thank you tnderhrt, nice of you to stop by and leave such an encouraging comment.

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      tnderhrt23 6 years ago

      This is a poignant chilling poem, that I felt deeply! I love the idea of Gabriel claiming Fred's soul and banishing Death! A splendid write, my friend!

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