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Rated: 13+ · Poetry · Contest Entry · #2204343
That evil tree had grown thick and gnarly up there.

You know that evil tree?
The one up on vine covered Gallows Hill?
The one they used to hang the condemned on?
Well, it ain’t up there no more
And what happened to it, is at least obscure

We gather it was still up there
When some boys went by the hill on a day
To do some boys will be boys horseplay
Young Will, the blacksmith’s boy,
They enticed with a dare
To climb up the hill and bring them a quill
Of the ravens, you know,
They still gather up there
They still remember the feasts
Mighty mnemonic black beasts

Later, Will’s body was recovered from up the hill
All tangled up in the creeping vines
Bloody, smashed up bad and fearful in the face
Mangled by a thing obviously blunt and of no grace
And most astonishing of all
That evil tree
You know the one
It was up there no more

Old man Lintock,
That corner drunk,
Was placed and heard
What he said made my blood curd
That evil tree
He said he saw
Prowling down the hill
Dragging its heavy trunk
Crawling on anguished roots
Had the likenesses of all those hanged men of yore
From its multitude of faces
With blasphemous howls
And mad gibberings
It called out into the night
As it slowly went by

That evil tree
So many vile souls it had drank
Those who could not our rules heed
And therefore our society did not need
Including old Lintock’s mates and his brother
The reason he went for the drink,
The painful past to smother

Now, I know,
The old man is so far gone, that he’s been seeing
Pink elephants since decades back
Take the word of a drunkard and a fool?
I don’t know about you
But I’m gonna stay home tonight
Lock my doors and shutter my windows
For that scraping behind the wall?
It could be
That evil tree
Reaching with its creaking boughs
For victims anew…


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