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Thursday, 15 July 2021

THE HOWLING

Trekking over Dartmoor
through air heavy, moisture laden;
passing stone farms, long abandoned, ruinous;
bleak hills, heather clad and darkening
within gathering mist that blurs

the boundary between reality and fiction;
our faces strangely luminous, like
those of ghosts - but somehow not.
Such transfiguring disturbs and hastens
the duo of adventurers onward

toward the great mystery, oft sought,
elusive and otherworldly - yet
simultaneously perceived
on hill top, on river bank;
recognisable only by the howling

other than that of dog or fox:
a blood-curdling, long drawn out cry
that spikes terror through the Soul.
Ominous panting nearby.
We break into a run. Padding footfalls follow.

Mist so dense now. Stumbling into rock,
now prickly gorse that plucks
at our clothing. Blood red eyes within
gigantic black dog shape
looms up out of the gloom.

Desperately trying to out run it,
pulses racing, fear all-consuming.
Hope fading, as it's relentless pursuit
drives us onto narrow path
between treacherous bog pools.

Gutteral howl closer now and we run
even faster, lungs almost bursting.
The path turning dark, liquifying
into black ink, flowing from Sir Arthur's pen
as it skims across the page,

defining our fate...
Mentally beseeching him to deliver us
from the frightful curse 
of his dark imagination.
Only he can lift it.

Baskerville Hall appears before us.
But nearing means distancing
from all we've sought so long.
Pages flutter in sudden breeze. 
The book closes.

Sunlight pierces the gloom.


49 comments:

  1. A wonderfully good scary trek… Loved it. Visually stimulating narrative. Felt like I was there.

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    1. So happy you enjoyed, Anthony...and my sincerest thanks!😊😊
      The Hound of the Baskervilles is one of my favourite classics...

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  2. Loved it :) thanks for your sharing...

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    1. So glad you enjoyed...and many thanks for your visit...I really appreciate it.😊😊

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  3. Beautiful. Powerful. Haunting. And yes, books take me away too...

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    1. Thank you so much, dearest Sue...I really do appreciate that, so very much.😊😊
      Love and hugs ❤❤❤

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  4. Boa tarde. Obrigado pelo texto maravilhoso e cheio de suspense.

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    1. Good afternoon, Luiz...and thank you so much!
      I'm so happy you enjoyed.😊😊
      Have a fabulous day.

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  5. A scary poem...
    I've never seen a wolf in the area where I live, but as a child they threatened me with the wolf if I didn't eat the soup...
    Enchanted by your poem, as always.
    Have a nice weekend, dear Ygraine.
    Kisses.

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    1. I used to be threatened with the "Boogeyman" Lol
      Guess that explains my lifelong love of mystery and horror stories!πŸ˜‰ And this is one of my favourites!
      Thank you so much, dear friend Jaime.😊😊

      Hope your weekend is magical also!

      Kisses xxx

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  6. The Book Closes??? NOOOOooooooooo
    Dig The Creepy Birthday Poem
    Thank You

    Cheers

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    1. I have getting to the end of my favourite novels! Lol
      So happy you liked the poem...and my heartfelt thanks!😊😊
      Greetings from England

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    2. Big Hugs My Dear - Sending Positive Vibes

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    1. Many thanks, Giancarlo!😊😊

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  8. oh this was powerful dear Ygraine !!!

    i am in awe that what is more captivating the book itself or this wonderful ,exquisite poem who dragged me into adventure filled with lots and lots of suspense ,thrill fear and trauma Wow !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    i really enjoyed being part of Howling my friend ,you are truly gifted believe me!
    hugs and blessings to you and family!

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    1. Oh WOW, you are so kind, dearest Baili! And my most heartfelt thanks! I am so happy you enjoyed.😊😊
      Have you ever read "The Hound of the Baskervilles"? If you like suspense novels, then I highly recommend it.

      Sending blessings and hugs to all of you too πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™xxx

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  9. Beautiful poem inspired by the book! You really have a way with words :)

    Hope you are having a nice weekend :) I had a fun girly day out shopping yesterday, it was so much fun!

    Away From The Blue

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    1. Aww, you are so kind...many, many thanks!😊😊
      I do love that novel!!
      I'm so glad you had an enjoyable girly day out. I haven't had one of those for ages...wish I could've been there too!πŸ˜‰

      Have a super day xxx

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  10. Your words certainly set the scene, a brilliant poem.

    Our weather has turned warm hasn't it, hope you are managing to stay cool.
    I hope you enjoy the Grand Prix.

    Sending positive thoughts and good wishes.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you so much, Jan...you are really kind.😊😊
      Such a disappointment yesterday. Poor Checo, having to start from the very back today πŸ™ I'm just hoping he can make some good headway in the early stages of the race. Will never give up hoping!!πŸ‡²πŸ‡½πŸπŸ†
      Hope you're enjoying this super weather, and are having a great day.😊😊

      I really, really appreciate your kind wishes...am going back into hospital on Tuesday, so need all the positive vibes possible!πŸ˜‰ Thank you so much!

      Hugs xxx

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    2. Sending lots of positive vibes your way.
      My good wishes too.

      All the best Jan

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    3. Aww, you are so kind...my most heartfelt thanks!❤❤❤

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  11. Boa tarde minha querida amiga. Esses tipos de histórias prende muito a atenção do leitor. Bom domingo.

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    1. Many thanks, my friend...I so appreciate that!😊😊
      Have a great day x

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  12. Wow i kind of got out of breath reading this - ....YOur writing is amazing.

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    1. Oh WOW, thank you so much, Sandy...your kind words mean a great deal!😊😊 xxx

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  13. Buon inizio settimana🌹

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    1. Oh thank you, Giancarlo...so much!😊😊

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  14. "But nearing means distancing". I loved that. Thanks.

    Greetings from London.

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    1. Thank you so much, CiL...so happy you enjoyed!😊😊

      Greetings from Hampshire.

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  15. Dear Ygraine,
    This long Poem is - in a sense - the continuation of your Poem of December 25, 2014. Both Poems are highly intuitive and seem to converse with the unexplained of knowledge.
    You are always on my mind.

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    1. WOW, you have such an incredible way of finding parts of my psyche that I didn't know I possessed...you have me looking back through my work to 2014 today!πŸ˜‰
      My heartfelt thanks, dear friend...for having such faith in me...and for your much appreciated support. It is friends like you who keep me writing.😊😊
      Have a fabulous week. x

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  16. I read again your brilliant poem with same enchant.
    Have a great weekend, my dear friend Ygraine.
    Kisses.

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    1. Oh WOW, that is such a huge compliment, dear Jaime...thank you...so, so much!😊😊
      Have a magical week.
      Kisses xxx

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  17. beautiful poems, I read fews and that all

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    1. Oh thank you, Adelina... I'm so happy you enjoyed!😊😊

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  18. Boa tarde minha querida amiga. Venho agradecer pela sua visita e carinho. Bom inΓ­cio de semana e muita saΓΊde.

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    1. Good afternoon, dear friend.
      You are most welcome...I really enjoy visiting your wonderful blog, and seeing all those amazing sights!
      It is such a pleasure.😊😊
      Wishing you a fabulous week and good health too xxx

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    1. Thank you😊😊
      Have a fabulous weekend, Giancarlo xxx

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  20. So cool and powerful Ygraine! Love this write!!!! You are amazing! Always thinking of you!!! Praying you are doing well! Big Hugs!

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    1. Oh WOW, thank you, Sweetie...so much!😊😊
      Some good news...what my doctor feared were two new cancers turned out to be hernias! Yay!!
      I really hope you are staying well and happy, dear friend!!
      Much love and hugs ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

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  21. Sending you a whole bucket of virtual sunshine, my friend.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Aww, you are so kind, dear friend...my heartfelt thanks!😊😊 That sunshine is so much appreciated, as we currently have very heavy rain!πŸ˜‰
      Do hope all is good with you.

      Hugs xxx

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