“Mountain Road”, a poem of Autumn.

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( A Kappa….certainly a monster.)

It feels a bit like fall with the rains and cooler weather.   Imaginary Gardens  with Real Toads has a prompt about ‘Monsters’, either symbolic or …..

This is my offering.  I find Nature sometimes monstrous.  People, too.

Lady Nyo

MOUNTAIN POEM

 

It is almost Halloween.

The early dark of dusk

Creeps in before finishing

With the day–

 

Strange imaginings

Cause shadows to rustle,

Briars entangle

And nothing seems exactly –right.

 

In the mountains

Clouds dip low

Smothering the landscape.

Only the moan of winds

Round eaves shaking the skeleton hambones

Hiding in attic corners

Breaks the silence—

A strange cacophony.

 

Monstrous, ghost trees

Wedged together in

Stumbling rows,

Indian Snake arms

Wave warnings to

At all daring to approach

Their Joseph’s –coat-of- many colors

Tattered by

Blasts of Autumn winds

Tearing around the mountain.

The hoot of the owl

Drives on dis-ease until dawn.

 

 

Roads dip and swell

In a frenzied, jagged run

Straight into the heart of danger.

Nerves uneasy,

There is too much mystery in this night!

 

Jane Kohut-Bartels

Copyrighted, 2017

 

 

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20 Responses to ““Mountain Road”, a poem of Autumn.”

  1. kanzensakura Says:

    There is too much mystery in this night!…I like that. There is indeed too much mystery in fearful nights. And you chose the cucumber eating kappa….They are scary looking critters to be sure.

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  2. ladynyo Says:

    Kappas are Nightmares!!! I check under my bed for them….LOL! thank you, Toni.

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  3. gillena Says:

    Both these poem and the Image makes me uneasy, brilliant write

    Much love…

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  4. Jim Says:

    A nice reminder, Jane. Actually some little kids are frightened by parts of nature. I think more so with kids with vivid imaginations out of control.
    BTW, my heroine, aka ‘victim’, is looking under her bed, for naught.
    ..

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  5. Mama Zen Says:

    Oh, this is gorgeous! It begs to be read aloud.

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  6. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) Says:

    I used to be afraid of darkness… but maybe I have realised that monsters are inside and not hiding anywhere else.

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  7. ladynyo Says:

    LOL! I don’t know about you, Bjorn….but mine are under my bed right now. They assume the form of dustbunnies, but they are waiting to snatch my feet. LOL!

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  8. ladynyo Says:

    Helloooooo Mama Zen!!! So good to hear your. You know what ? All poetry should be put through the ‘refining fire’ of being read aloud. I forget this alllllll the time. Thank you, Sweetie.

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  9. ladynyo Says:

    LOL! Like I said to Bjorn tonight….there are monsters under MY bed. And at my age, I should know better, but I don’t. Thank you, Jim. (tell your daughter to look in the closet)

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  10. ladynyo Says:

    Hello Gillena. LOL! That kappa makes ME uneasy. Thank you so much.

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  11. kim881 Says:

    I love the eerie atmosphere in this poem, Jane, especially in the lines:
    ‘The early dark of dusk
    Creeps in before finishing
    With the day’;
    ‘Only the moan of winds
    Round eaves shaking the skeleton hambones
    Hiding in attic corners
    Breaks the silence’;
    and
    ‘Roads dip and swell
    In a frenzied, jagged run
    Straight into the heart of danger’.

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  12. ladynyo Says:

    Thanks, Kim. I don’t get too deep into terror or monsters. There seems to be enough in life to go around. LOL! Atmosphere is important as it can do so much for imagination. Thank you, Kim.

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  13. Kerry Says:

    I so enjoyed your poem, Jane. I felt myself drawn into your autumnal scene, and almost felt a small shiver of dread.

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  14. ladynyo Says:

    Oh!!! Even a small shiver of dread is good. LOL! thank you, Kerry. I don’t do monsters well. Am still afraid of them at 69.

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  15. coalblack Says:

    Too much mystery breed fear of the unknown. Darkness doesn’t help, either! That kappa is creepy.

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  16. ladynyo Says:

    Yes, kappas are creepy. thanks for reading.

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  17. paul scribbles Says:

    The road ahead may well lead to the ‘heart of danger’…but whatever you do, don’t look behind you 😉

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  18. Brendan Says:

    It’s that … remoteness … of the season that is estranging, weird and woeful. Terrifying the small details you accrete –

    Strange imaginings
    Cause shadows to rustle,
    Briars entangle
    And nothing seems exactly –right.

    The last line says it perfectly: our maps can only handle so much mystery, and beyond there lie dragons!

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  19. ladynyo Says:

    Brendan….I LOVE what you wrote. That is EXACTLY what it is. Our heads besides our maps can’t handle the truth! LOL! The remoteness of the season. That is what it is. Thank you, Brendan. That made sense to me.

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  20. ladynyo Says:

    LOL! Yep…you can get bit in the backside that way. Thank you, Paul.

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