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Re: Winter's Tales
« Reply #525 on: November 03, 2018, 03:02:28 pm »
Pulse pounding hypnotic horror
Leads me down in death defying spirals
To one frightening encounter after another
Where demonic thrills and chills prowl
Hungry to feast upon mortal souls
Their ravenous appetites too long unappeased

#darkcircus #madcarnival #madVerse
A marionette enmeshed in a web of imagination
Cast by the Ringmaster’s demonic whims
This mesmerising seductive darkness
That beckons me onward unto my fickle fate
Denying this feeling of unease
To pull me under a sweeping tide of menace

#madcarnival #darkcircus
Dark Cinderella without any hope
Lost in a city so cruel and black
She dreams of a day one day to come
When she’ll walk in silver beneath the sun

10/19 Prompt 1558 (pic): Art by unknown

In myriad hues
Captured in my heart
Shall I think of you
Cool red in passions flame
Wrapped in shades of warm blue

#DimpleVerse #23words
Mourning becomes her
Or so people said
Not to her face
No never that
They had more sense
Than a wish to be dead
So walk on by
If you see her pass
Breathe a sigh of relief
Keep your gaze downcast

#noir #poetry
So blind you could not see
Deaf to the warnings you would not heed
Too late the fly caught within her web
The Beast within the Beauty
The lightning within the storm
She’ll break you down
Leave you scattered adrift
Lost on vanity’s lonely shore

306 #DarkLines
(🎨Gerbie Pabiliona)

Within my mind’s eye
Forever captured
Frozen in time
Wrought in rainbow hues
A rapture in VISUAL POETRY
I’ll remember the magical view
Whenever I see this PHOTOGRAPH
And smile as I think of you

📷 by @aleksharlow
Buried within these poisoned dreams
Dual realities bleed through the looking glass
Rising from the depths to spill and seep
This descent into madness so fast and steep


Caught between burning realms
These smouldering pyres that surround
Nowhere to turn in a world set aflame
The darkest hearth writ large with my name

(🎨The Beginning of Ashes” by Mikael Aldo)

#PoemTrail 302
Shedding the unclean trappings of a life gone sorely awry
Pure grace surrounded and lifted the downtrodden soul
A shining light of undiluted clarity bathing the shadowed world in a once forgotten beauty

#BlackDahliaProse 314
As night draws down her mourning shroud
And skies grow black with no moon allowed
Then shall he come with steps of dread
Trailing nightmare horrors in bloodstained red
Jack O’ Lantern was once his name
He’s coming for you
For on this one night
You are fair game
#WrittenRiver 1566

Falls the blood upon the tomb
Beneath these silent witnessing oaks
Hallowed ground yet not for thee
Who walks the earth yet be not of it
For this one night when veils are torn
Releasing the cursed and Hell spawned

#IntrigueVerse 149

Spawn of Hell wreaking terror
Two by two they onward come
Demonic angels of impure innocence
Sweet candy freaks of All Hallows’ Eve
Bolt the door & seal fast the windows
In spirit shall they steal within
In cast out damnation shall they depart

308 #DarkLines
(🎨Thomas Jerusalem)

Lost in the mist
Where echoes fade
Abandoned horrors lurk
In God forsaken shadows
That hunger for souls
The tired and dejected
Among the missing
Of this cruel modern life
& When the night breaks
Then so shall they


With reptile smiles
They do seduce
This monster mash
Of the mummified
& The undead
Who yet stalk the night
In parasitic legion
Prowling 4 souls
Hungry for flesh
From below they seep
In poisonous flood
On this night of nights
When the will is weak
& perfect 4 frights

#BardBits 66

An Angel's kiss
White feather blessing
I feel your presence
Beside me
Within me
Never forgotten
Forever and always
Memento Mori


“Come a little closer”
He murmured low
Drawing me near
Temptation I know
Two become one
In night’s secret shadow
Passion’s promenade
Fulfilling desires
As the hours slip past
& our need climbs higher

(Left 🎨: Richard Blunt)
#PoemTrail 304

She was ice and fire
A bolt of lightning
Straight to his heart
Searing his soul
No more would he wander
Adrift and alone
Always on the outside
Ever searching for a home


Beneath forest canopies
Shadowed and quiet
The pixies cavort if you believe
Traipsing leaves in glorious legion
Guild the ground in glorious fusion
Where boots and bards linger and muse
Upon a universe in harmony with chaos diffused

🎨- JMB

#BardBits 69

In silent battalions they march in rows
These talking spirits that walk no more
Beneath live oaks with mourning moss veils
Mature aged sentinels ever standing guard
Over honourable souls laid down to rest
Now at peace on this Day of the Dead



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Re: Winter's Tales
« Reply #526 on: November 11, 2018, 01:14:23 pm »
Profuse in fiery passion
Did glorious Autumn
To Winter’s bleak embrace


Through copious tears that rained on down
Did the Heavens adore a parched land
Bringing forth fresh buds of newborn Spring

As morning mist
Within valleys deep
Echoes of fears
Once all too real
Until just a memory

Did your courage waver in those final hours
As darkness encroached and the light did fade
When all that you believed was put to the test
And left you naked, alone crying softly for aid

Left upon that grassy knoll
Where the scent of cordite yet lingers
Memories cascade in mourning waterfall
& history sends imagination reeling
Did those wheels & wagons of long ago
In the ebb and tide of cruel Fate’s whims
Lead us to the here & now of destiny

#BardBits  71
So fragile in her delicate beauty
Winter’s cloak in exquisite detail
Wrought in gossamer designs
To beautify First Frost’s icy kiss

#NatureVerse 139

Among the clouds
Set me flying
High on high
In an azure sky
Among the birds
I’ll spread my wings
Cloud castle dreaming
Of wishes - hopes
And wonderful things


The years hang heavy
My world spins on
Everyone I knew
Now dead and gone
With a heavy heart
Weighing me down
I’m last one standing
Now all on my own

310 #DarkLines

(🎨Derek Hess)
Lost in reverie
Of memories golden
Treasured and precious
 I rest my soul
Count my blessings
Thinking of us

#DimpleVerse #23words
Surrender to Fate
Let the universe decide
Que sera sera
Whatever will be
Will surely be
At the sinking of the sun
At the low ebb of the day
Remember you did
Walk on water
Before the years grew many
& old friends grew too few

Eternity beckons
But I’m not ready
Unfinished business
I tell myself
Promises made
Left dusty
Upon a shelf
Hand over hand
Back and forth
To twist
Am I coming
Or going
Caught fast
In throes of time
Without control
Fast losing my mind

#BardBits 75
As the last rose of Autumn
She bloomed in full glory
Afore the brambles took hold
Cruelly crushing out her flame

#BardBits prompt 74


Was hearing you loved me
Before things turned bad
For one precious moment
So sweet and so pure
I was your entire world
And you rapturously mine


Be not so bold
Ye knights of old
To kings & queens
You are bought and sold
Sent upon quests
Seeking fortunes in gold
To fight cruel dragons
Breathing fire at the door
Or winning damsels’ hearts
So sweet and so pure

#BardBits prompt 76

From the depths
So cold and cruel
Comes a beast
Of legends tell

With twisted tentacles
Malevolent gaze
Watch your back
The kraken awakes

Into the deep
Far down below
Seamen cast their fate
And meet their foe


Consumed in passion’s burning quicksand
Caught fast within a carnal maelstrom
She shed inhibitions to rise as a phoenix
Dancing naked beneath a blood red moon


Look deep, my friend, don’t be shy
The amethyst mystic shards don’t lie
Your destiny foretold if you can but see
The dangers that lurk within the deep
Sapphire blue to be your shroud
Within Neptune’s arms you shall be found

#BardBits prompt 77


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Re: Winter's Tales
« Reply #527 on: November 18, 2018, 03:10:53 pm »
Do U know what you’re fighting for
When Fate comes knocking at yr door
For Queen & country you give yr all
Bravery & honour & so much more
& those you love & who love U
Offer a prayer & whisper yr name
That you’ll return home safe again
🎨greg hilderbrand
🎨gil elvgren
Beside babbling brooks
Within forests deep
Secrets lie waiting
For those who seek
With minds wide open
And do not condemn
Succumb to temptation
There is no one to tell
‘Tis just you and them
In your own private dell

Pic 1: Irene Rudnyk
Pic 2: Elena Kucher
#carnalverse 182
Carpets of crimson
Memories of long ago
When those guns fell silent
Across a land blood sown
Let their souls now rest
In a peaceful grave
While we that are left
Today honour their names

#photo credit: 1) Laura Ashley 2) Florianda

In the colours of darkness I paint my world
This landscape of pain into which I am hurled
Ever searching for the elusive light in the dark
I fear all is lost yet there’s still hope for that spark

312 #DarkLines
(🎨Andrea Benge)
My wish
My wonder
This gold
My plunder
So precious
And gleaming
Each precious coin
Leaves me squealing


Crouched and waiting
Surveying her prey
A feline huntress
Prowling your way
With glittering cat eyes
Unblinking stare
She patiently waits
She has all day
Stalking beneath
The jungle heat
There’s nowhere to hide
After all she must eat


#BardBits  80

Infiltrate my mind
Permeate my soul
With every word
Each perfect touch
You wrap me tighter
Draw me closer


In some bayou where waters are still
Lake dwelling lovers quietly rest
Listening to a midnight cabaret
Sweet and soft of chirruping crickets
That gently lace the evening air
In a last swan song before Winter comes

#BardBits prompt 81


Come into my world
The cruel spider beckoned
To the innocent fly
Not understanding the legend

Not all as it appears
All that glitters
May not be gold
Beware the cruelty of life
Or down you go
Never to grow old


Deep in the forest
Where no-one goes
There lives an old lady
Who no-one knows
But she knows you
And made special plans
Something hot for supper
With a little bite
You’ll not feel a thing
If the cut is just right

#projectfairytale #hanselandgretel

This dark craving that torments my soul
Flesh and blood bound in demonic coil
Slave to the yearning that flows in my veins
Consumed by lust for the sound of pain

#sinistersunday 12
Reaching out
But you never saw
You walked on by
Cutting me to the core
Was I just a step?
A face long forgotten?
Cast aside in your wake
My heart harshly trod on

#MelancholyVerse 58

Where feet have trod so many miles
She walked the forgotten trail
Memories of those who came before
Walk at her side through whispering grass


What gravy is to potatoes
You are to me, my love
The light in my darkness
The haven in the storm
This emotional banquet
Sensual savoury feast
May it be never ending
May it end before a priest💍

#BardBits prompt 84

Beyond the horizon
There is a place
Caressed by warm winds
Kissed by gentle waves
Where you and I
On soft powdered sands
Can lie back and dream
While holding hands

#Dimpleverse #FASTpoetryhour

Within my soul
In some secret nook
I feel it there
The tidal pull
Calling me down
To where you wait
Drawn like no other
Fate does dictate

#DimpleVerse #FASTpoetryhour

No sweeter sound
To my ear
That the call of the sea
Drawing me near
Her siren song
Sweet and low
Soul caressing
Sweeping me below
The waves above
Close overhead
I am no more
Yet nor am I dead

#Dimpleverse #Fastpoetryhour
The Gods are at War
The heavens boiling
Their clash of wills
For all to see
The skies come alive
Sweet dangerous liaisons
Betwixt fire and water
Burning fiery horizons

#DimpleVerse #Fastpoetryhour

Castaway upon paradise shores
Palms whispering high overhead
There shall I wait for you upon the beach
The taste of a salty kiss upon my lips

#DimpleVerse #FASTpoetryhour

Soul tossed upon these frenzied waves
The storms of life that crash me asunder
Thrown against harsh rocks of adversity
To break apart in pieces never to form again

#DimpleVerse #FASTpoetryhour

Under the stars in a velvet sky
I’ll paint our dreams way on high
As comets graze the moon above
I’ll pray for you and our precious love

#DimpleVerse #FASTpoetryhour

My heart the plundered treasure
You the bold and dashing pirate
Who stole my love before I knew it
Seduced my soul and destiny with it

#Dimpleverse #FASTpoetryhour

Twas written in the sand
For but a moment
Afore it faded
Lost from sight
And over time
When we walked again
The path remained
Always the same
This was no tragedy
No shipwreck of the heart
We’ve never been stronger
And shall never part

#DimpleVerse #FASTpoetryhour
Swept away
Before I knew
Just what I had
A precious truth
I took for granted
Would always have
And then it was gone
Drained through my hands
A paradise lost
Now gone forever
Buried in sand
Drowned beneath waves
And so life moves on
Driven by Fate

#DimpleVerse #FASTpoetryhour


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Re: Winter's Tales
« Reply #528 on: November 18, 2018, 03:47:40 pm »
You've written some good poems there. Thank you very much for sharing.


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Re: Winter's Tales
« Reply #529 on: November 25, 2018, 01:10:46 pm »
Thank you xx


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« Reply #530 on: November 25, 2018, 01:17:02 pm »
In what Otherworld do we find ourselves in
Where elves and leprechauns come together
Ripple and sway within a magical fairy ring
Conjuring fantasy in mysterious rhythm
Of secret meetings and fairytale vision

#BardBits 86

What madness this?
Cruel shadows linger
Haunting memories
Each one a blow
To a soul tormented
Bow your head
Hide your eyes
This darkness creeps
Poisons your mind
A wound unhealing
To a heart so kind

Prompt 314 #DarkLines

(🎨Gerbie Pabilonia)
Open your mind
Just breathe
What you were seeking
Your soul has found
When cloudy horizons
Spoil the view
I take a deep breath
Think of you
Searching for peace
Running from chaos
Nightmares are gone
My haven is here

Let us be thankful for all that we have
The sweet air in our lungs
The beauty we see all around
The family we have
And friends that we’ve made
On this journey through life
Precious foot steps laid

Nowhere to run
Nowhere to hide
They’re closing in
From every side
Hunting us down
No mercy to give
With cold cruel eyes
We just want to live

Let your mind slip the shackles
Set your imagination free
Follow the mischievous dwarf
Through this foliage fantasy
To a boiling clay cauldron
Seemingly alone
But look a little closer
What do you see?
Reflected in the surface
All your  hopes and dreams

#BardBits prompt 88:
‘Til the Earth blooms in beauty once again
Shall I watch for you upon the horizon
In the first shining rays of a brilliant dawn
Shall my eyes read the message of your coming
& the seed of hope so carefully nurtured
Shall blossom into glorious flowering bud

#BardBits prompt 91
Carving a gory swathe
Mighty sword in hand
He laid his foes to waste
He’d not give up this land

A Percy flame
He burned too bright
For one life to hold
Afore Fate snuffed his light
Such poisonous barbs
Spilling forth in flood
From such sweet lips
No thorn as sharp
Could ever be
Nor sink as deep
To pierce my soul
Tear my heart
You wanted blood
Now watch me bleed

Tie & bind my spirit fast
Unto the hanging tree we climb
Ill spirits linger in the mist
Hung in the balance
My fate does twist
& writhe
Walk in my footsteps
For but a while
Unto the end of this path
& we shall see what thereby lies

#BardBits 92
Forever seeking
In the shadows
In the arms of strangers
Sweet absolution
She’s a carnal spirit
That knows no rest
Craving passion
Lust addicted
By your touch
Your fantasy
Your sin

#carnalverse 184

🎨1: Alexia Silvagni
🎨2: Julia Hetta
🎨3: S.G. MacQueen
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Re: Winter's Tales
« Reply #532 on: December 02, 2018, 01:37:06 pm »
Spilling forth my soul
My intimate thoughts
Bleeding upon a virgin page
For the reader to savour
Hold close to their heart
Each word left untouched
Preciously preserved forevermore


Shield thy gaze
You have been warned
She’ll hold you captive
Serpent Sedusa of the mind
Comes a-slithering
In your darkest dreams
When your defences are down
And none can hear your screams

Silence falling as a mourning shroud
To smother and suffocate all around
Morbid fascination holds me rapt
Enmeshed within coils of a dreaded fate

The heavens silently mourn his passing
Tears raining down upon a shrouded land
A raven cries amidst a murder of crows
Beaded gaze glittering from the shadows
My steadfast companions of this final watch
Wishing his soul a safe final journey home

#PoemTrail 312

(🎨Consuelo Parra)

Obsidian ruin that pervades the very air
Malevolent whispers encircle speaking your name
From the shadows they arise in full legion
To persecute and enslave without hesitation
And behind them all the Darkness came

As a Phoenix from smouldering ashes
A terrible beauty is born at last
To blaze a dazzling trail across the heavens
For her to burn was but Fate’s cruel destiny
A flame sheltered within the arms of Mars
She would burn with the glory of a thousand fires

#TallVerse 11
What is seemingly lost but not forgotten
Shall be unearthed in the final consideration
Reanimated for the amusement of capricious Gods
Mysterious creatures and unknown spirits cavort
In mesmerising displays that deny all explanation

#BardBits 98
With but a whisper
You stole my breath
Enraptured I fell
Unto your regard
Your lips formed words
I could not absorb
For the blood that thundered
A pulsing rhythm of the heart
This maelstrom of emotions
That with but a whispered word
You started....


A rubicon crossed long ago
Burning bridges left in ash
So many years & even more friends
I never looked back
The past a sealed tomb
What’s done is done
My soul had no more room
To the horizon I look
My gaze full of dreams
All that I left blown far away
All that I wish here today


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