Marilyn Shepperson

Rookie (4th September 1949 / Hounslow. Middx)

Strange Shelter - Poem by Marilyn Shepperson

Though long years had bought
Frost and ice to split apart
The cracked, mossy seams
Winds that uprooted trees
Blew through the gaps and door
If the earth shook, sending rocks tumbling
The hut just settled itself
More firmly into the ground
When he first saw it, through lashing rain
He thought it an unlovely sight
But it offered shelter from the storm
And he stumbled inside it on that night
As he lay upon the floor
Falling into a dreamless sleep
He couldn't help wondering who
Had built this place, then left it alone
For there were still signs of human inhabitation
But he was never to know the reason
For that same reason, before dawn
Dragged his screaming soul to hell.

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Poem Submitted: Friday, April 4, 2008

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