General Poetry posted October 25, 2015 Chapters:  ...36 38 -10031- 10031... 

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Horror poem

A chapter in the book Shifting Shadows. Poems of Darkness

When snow was on the ground

by LIJ Red

The author has placed a warning on this post for language.
I climbed the hill to ask the widow Bright
if she had wood and water for the night.
The snow was deep and brittle, wind was high,
the clouds were thick and rolled across the sky.

The power lines went down, the merc'ry fell
and through the icy, howling twilight Hell
a figure in sneakers and sweater strode
he waved and hurried walking up the road.

The widow said to me "Now, that's a sight.
Be cold fer courtin' on the hills tonight."
But Nicki's beau had lost his stout young heart
and blizzard nor gale could keep them apart.

The boy was so smitten that he'd ignore
that Nicki was a hogwild redneck whore
No angels below nor imps up above
could make him see a thing beyond his love.

The wife slept on when I woke to the glow
of flashlight signal coming o'er the snow.
The heavyhipped honey had flipped, I said.
Go tend to Nicki, said my smaller head.

All bundled up, I lumbered through the night,
and crawled in her window-shit, what a sight!
with snow on his buns and snow on his head
he's froze harder'n rock, and twicet as dead.

I saw her blood spattered on walls, and floor
the icy footprints coming through the door
I stood there a-shaking, not chilled but shocked
my sweet little Nicki had been cold cocked.

So ponder, if you will, his dreary fate 
the boy who froze to death, yet kept his date
and shun I beg you that idiot's life
with a rambling root and a violent wife.

Owing Bill Monroe's song for the title...
and if you're a horror skeptic, maybe the wife did it...
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