Dark Paths

This is attempt two, the first one was gobbled up by WordPress.  I hope I can recapture it.


Dark paths wander through a boreal forest.

Soft feathered wings float past.

Owls and ravens hunting.


Dark paths wander past swamp and rock.

Padded paws leave little trail behind.

Wolves, bears and foxes roam.


Dark paths wander down rich corrodors

Trees lean down, meadows open wide.

Hooved animals browse in dusk.


Dark paths wander through our dreams.

Haunting us with dark forest tales.

Nightwinged dreams of legend.


Dark paths wander through war and peace.

Stone and tree scarred, bloodied.

Bones sink into mossy soil.


Dark paths wander the paths of memory.

Long before people lived on the edges.

Life grew in the darkness here.


Dark paths wander our dreams, haunting.

Only the brave come here, the strong.

Are you of the forest folk too?


For Hannah’s Friday Challenge at With Real Toads.



  1. October 8, 2012 at 3:06 am

    This is incredibly beautiful. And so effective, the repeated words “Dark paths wander”……..one of your best, kiddo!

  2. October 8, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    I do like the repetition of the opening phrase of each stanza and the beauty of nature that each description evokes.

  3. Helen said,

    October 9, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    A simple yes in response to your question … haunting and lovely.

  4. October 9, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    I often think nature does so well… on her own. If only we humans wold learn that what we take, we also need to give back.
    Loved this gentle look at how it should be.

  5. October 9, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    Shanyn!! So glad to see you…so sorry to hear that wordpress ate your first…that is not cool…I didn’t know that could happen.

    The repeating line works really well for this…I love the variations on each of these dark paths…where you bring us softly feathered and paw padded and I especially love this line:

    “Bones sink into mossy soil.”

    Nicely done, Shanyn!!

  6. Grace said,

    October 10, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    I like the wandering around the forest and swamps and meadows ~ Lovely capture of life of darkness and boldness ~

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