The Forest and the Beast – A Halloween Poem


A fiend, a frog,
An old burned log,
The mist, it rises so…
The Jack’o’Lantern
In the bog,
The soot on frozen snow…

The trees, they crack
And creak and groan,
And shutters rap on glass…
The leaves that crackle,
Twist and blow,
The wind stirs through their mass…

The badger covers
Up his bore,
And burrows deep within…
The sounds upon this night
And more,
Cause shivers in his skin…

The birds, this night
They stop their flight,
And cower in their nests…
The screeching wind,
The branches bend,
And ruffles all their crests…

The forest rocks,
The houses moan,
And nothing is at peace…
And in the gloomy dark
And loam,
There passes through, a beast…

The trees, they give it
Gentle sway,
Removing from its path…
As through the brush,
It stalks its prey,
The night in all its wrath…

But suddenly,
The beast stops short,
And scents the air with fear…
And standing in its
Forest court,
It freezes like a deer…

Turning, swift,
It covers ground,
And slips off in the night…
The trees are sighing,
All around,
As the beast takes flight…

With bated breath,
The creatures sense,
A quick approaching shift…
The wind drops down,
The air is tense,
The mist begins to lift…

In one dark shiver,
The world aquiver,
The storm abates its force…
The pink of dawn,
Shines bright, its river,
Running like the horse…

The end of night,
The birth of light,
The day has come, at last…
And in the glistening
Of this sight,
We know the dark has passed…

~ Phoebe Grant

© The Fairy Tale Garden 2017

All images public domain

Published by

Christyl aka Chrissy Lorraine

Christyl aka Chrissy Lorraine is an artist, photographer, and writer who crochets, gardens, draws, paints, takes photos, and composes under a variety of pen names, each one specific to a particular genre: Amarine Rose Ravenwood is for her feminine poetry - Saoirse Fae is for her fairy tales and fairy-tale poetry - Mina Marial Nicoli is for her children's stories and poetry - and Phoebe Grant is for her light horror fairy tales and her darker, Halloween-type poetry. Preteen and teenage fantasy fiction are under Chrissy Lorraine. She is also the owner/publisher of The Literary Librarian - an e-zine dedicated to publishing poetry and interviews with various poets and authors from around the world. Profile photo photography by Somastars Creations

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