Daniel Partlow

Rookie (1969 / St. Louis, MO > Westport, CT)

The Deadly Speckled Birches (Smoking/Cigarettes)

Vika and I walked in a thick forest of birches white and spotted.
And many boulders of white lime with black lichens dotted.
A thick fog rolled slowly toward like a pudding, creamy and clotted.

Something moved behind a fallen speckled log that fog and time have rotted.
A wild pack of Dalmatians ahead of the fog then trotted.
Stalking us through the birches, what evil had these dogs plotted.

We retreated down a hill toward our cabin – our stomachs were knotted.
I grabbed a fallen branch and at the nearest one I swatted
But we can’t shake the pack – was this all the time the Lord allotted?

Now, the leader jumps upon a rock and there he perches.
And I remember the lesson we had been taught at our churches.
God will grant strength and deliverance to he who asks and searches.

And so I ask “God please deliver us from this deadly glade, this pack of birches.”
And the leader howled the order and we ran for the cabin porches.
Charcoal from a smoldering campfire my white shoe besmirches.

And the fog tried to envelop us as we ran in sprints and lurches.
And I wake from my nightmare and all my soul researches.
What warning could this be - the deadly glade of pack, fog, rock, and birches?

I walk outside and light a smoke – and understand what I dreamed
The vicious foggy white and spotted birches are realer than they seemed.
Oh God, grant us the power over addiction, that we may be redeemed.

Note: It has been about a year and half since I had this dream, and I was able to quit shortly thereafter.

Submitted: Saturday, May 19, 2007
Edited: Monday, February 28, 2011


Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (The Deadly Speckled Birches (Smoking/Cigarettes) by Daniel Partlow )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  2. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  3. If, Rudyard Kipling
  4. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  5. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  6. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep, Mary Elizabeth Frye
  7. A Dream Within A Dream, Edgar Allan Poe
  8. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  9. Warning, Jenny Joseph
  10. 'Hope' is the thing with feathers, Emily Dickinson

Poem of the Day

poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Your hands lie open in the long fresh grass, --
The finger-points look through like rosy blooms:
Your eyes smile peace. The pasture gleams and glooms
...... Read complete »


New Poems

  1. Bird's View - Lincoln Park Zoo, Ima Ryma
  2. motherly love, Candymarie Nevin
  3. Random Thought, fletcher maddern
  4. Still Awake 2, Michael P. McParland
  5. Esprit de corps, Naveed Khalid
  6. Escaping Home, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  7. Enjoying Conversations, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  8. How Long A Breath of Moment Be...(r), Frank James Ryan Jr...FjR
  9. Communicating Through Talent, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  10. Moments Of Refreshing Writing, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
[Hata Bildir]