In the Dark Wood

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IN THE DARK WOOD

Cross over the steep-sided stream in the dark woods
Where three thick branches offer a dry passage;
There’s little understory and the trees’ green leaves
Are high. The chaffinch’s jangle is distant. Follow the track.
Climb. The shadowed pond will be on your right. Then left
Past the almost-dead great oak and where the hollies grow
Find it: a broken square of smoothed brick, an odd hump.
Here when the hornbeam and cherry were young
You lived.

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  1. When I read this i thought of the windchesters of supernatural tracking down vengeful spirits at night.

    In the woods. It put me right there. Nice writing.

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  2. Thanks! There certainly is a ghost element in it. The description drew quite heavily on an actual wood not far from where I grew up.

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