Darlene Walsh

Gold Star - 5,891 Points (1994 / Philadelphia)

Shadows In The Dark - Poem by Darlene Walsh

The night was dark, house dreary true
I opened the gate and crept through
Shadows of specters fill my sight
In fear of monsters that may bite

With moon bright and dim star light
To my right is a great fright
Dim light makes phantoms dance and sway
To my left shall I run away

Goblins and ghosts I conjure
My safety I must ponder
Step by step I further walk
Mouth dry like dust I'll never talk

To look up as I may see
Is my fear up in a tree
Under which I think to stroll
About to pounce, is there a troll

Or the crack upon next I tread
Or carnivorous vines that I dread
Will it cause mothers back to break
Or a quick snack of me they make

Step by step I slowly walked
Pray and hope door is unlocked
A fear in my heart I accept
Into the darkness I have crept

Stairs that creek under my feet
In my chest pounding heart beat
Echoing loudly in my ears
Trembling eyes swelling with tears

On the porch quaking I look around
New fears in my heart I have found
Shadows dance in candle lit window
Four arms and horns to scare a hero

Again I creep upon the stairs
Upon my neck stand straight my hairs
Flickering porch light starts to sway
My feet have turned to miry clay

While ready to run I ring the bell
In fear more than words can tell
Feet planted firmly I try to stay
The door creaks and I can't look away

Wide opened the door is the sign
Time now to speak the important line
Hoping for something chocolate or sweet
Brave and tall, I say Trick-or-Treat

Topic(s) of this poem: halloween, humorous


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Happy Halloween

Comments about Shadows In The Dark by Darlene Walsh

  • Bri Edwards Bri Edwards (10/12/2015 11:29:00 PM)

    I thought for sure it was “spectors”, but I guess I was thinking of spectators!

    “Is my fear up in a tree
    To look up as I may see” ……….. I WANT to switch the positions of these two lines, but it is YOUR poem! ………………………………………………….. oh well. : (

    “Or the crack upon next I tread
    Or carnivorous vines that I dread
    Will it cause mothers back to break
    Or a quick snack of me they make” ………and here I’m tempted to move the lines so the rhyming is ………………………………………………………….. tread, break, dread, make ……what do you think? :)

    favorite part so far:

    “Stairs that creek under my feet
    In my chest pounding heart beat
    Echoing loudly in my ears
    Trembling eyes swelling with tears” …………….poor baby! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

    on the stairs AGAIN? this IS suspenseful!

    “miry”? a new word to me, though I think I’ve heard mire.

    favorite line so far:

    “Upon my neck stand straight my hairs”

    nice job with the rhyming in this poem, as I would EXPECT from you!

    GOTCHA! not “creeks” ……….creeks are streams, brooks, and whatnot! :)
    “creak
    krēk/
    verb
    verb: creak; 3rd person present: creaks; past tense: creaked; past participle: creaked; gerund or present participle: creaking
    1. 1.
    (of an object, typically a wooden one) make a harsh, high-pitched sound when being moved or when pressure or weight is applied.
    the stairs creaked as she went up them
    synonyms: squeak, grate, rasp; More
    groan, complain
    the rusty gate creaked in the wind
    2. 2.
    show weakness or frailty under strain.
    stock prices creaked to a mixed finish today
    noun
    noun: creak; plural noun: creaks
    1. 1.
    a harsh scraping or squeaking sound.
    the creak of a floorboard broke the silence “

    **************now, DARLA, WHEN YOU GET SOME FREE TIME, it will be your turn to find some of MY ‘typos’ (again!) .


    very cute ending! how about a whiskey sour? IT'S SWEET!

    bri :) to MyPoemList and also into “Section B” of the showcase for PH poets on my PH site.

    thanks, and have a great Halloween. (Report) Reply

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  • Mj Lemon (5/28/2015 10:22:00 PM)

    This is phenomenal...that last line....truly, a great release. Well done. A 10. (Report) Reply

  • Kanav Justa Kanav Justa (9/6/2014 10:17:00 AM)

    ..great use of rhyming words.... nice (Report) Reply

  • Words' Knight (8/25/2014 6:22:00 AM)

    This is sublime. I find the title very interesting. well written, keep up the good work. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Poem Edited: Thursday, October 15, 2015


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