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Fanged Shadows

March 22, 2021
By Speckled_Heron BRONZE, Lansdale, Pennsylvania
Speckled_Heron BRONZE, Lansdale, Pennsylvania
3 articles 5 photos 0 comments

Favorite Quote:
"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." - Gandalf

In which

            one of our own           

ventures on


youthful chaos wing

            the bent crown of a collapsed bird

felled long before dawn.

Beyond the sinister obscureness that masks a place

            hiding the tradition of an audience with

wary voices silently whisper

            Some fly

                        gliding under a molten flame

Others hiss and with their claws

            Hauntingly in the shadows

            a thing all on its own.

Alone or not alone

            better in a tense mystery

for in light nothing can hide

            This foundation now dissolves

Immaterial obligation but vanishing without context

                        without preparation

            swiftly, too hideously to watch and listen and wait for

silver fingers lace around

            a throat, cold and clasping, crushing or squeezing

dark juice that trickles onto abandoned stone

pierced the pieces

            of a despondent belief.

vindictive and croaking


what in this is right


what is wrong, nothing in a place

chilled into a chronic hardened bone

            Slit open a case of lies in a way of calm inflation

Misshapen in their tomb

                        but stilled. Gaunt grey affairs

of strings that hang and wilt and drip

            for gullible don’t notice

the subsequent variation

            in shadow when these ancient things shudder



in a deviance of a truth

once found, melting into a puddle

discordant melody in a song

            Like us

now dissolved

Unknown but ever searching

            for those that prowl

those that preen

            those that play


on solitary

The author's comments:

I am 15 years old and have been writing fiction since I was 7. I love reading fantasy and poetry.

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on Jul. 23 2021 at 2:19 pm
FirstSteps5000 SILVER, Bethesda, Maryland
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Favorite Quote:
"If you reach for the stars, you'll just get the stars. Reach for the heavens and you get the stars thrown in." - unknown
"These aren't just stories,"... …"They're whole kingdoms. They're worlds. They're perspectives and opinions you can't offer, from lives you haven't lived." - The Isle of the Lost
"When someone does something hurtful, they have to admit it... [t]hen they have to be punished for it. And maybe then, if they apologize and change, maybe -maybe- *then* they get forgiven." - The One and Only Bob

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