Scurrying by Paul Tristram

She Nosferatu-shadows down the back lane,
light of step, back arCHed
and owl-wing silent.
A tom cat meows from a distant shed roof,
as she invades his territory
and uneases his midnight hunt
for rat, vole and mouse.
It’s the top right window
upon the far left she’s after.
Terraced walls blend and blur unnoticed
as she scurries quickly on by.
Counting gates with a clicking,
vindictive mind, eager in her nastiness
and side-stepping moon-reflecting puddles.
It’s cold enough for snow
and her breath forms twisted demons,
dragon-shapes and Reaper scythes
as it leaves her snarling mouth.
She almost squeals in terror
and instant thirst for vengeance
as she approaches the spot
of a thousand past heartaches and despairs.
When looking uP fearfully
at the bedroom window, curtains closed,
but alive with a warm, low light
and sees it decorated blasphemously
Ripping the spare key from a leather strap
tied around her own choking throat
and sliding the carving knife
out of her tear-stained sleeve…
she enters the back garden,
filled with a murderous energy,
having already decided the fate
of three completely separate and unique lives.

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Paul Tristram is a Welsh writer who has poems, short stories, sketches and photography published in many publications around the world, he yearns to tattoo porcelain bridesmaids instead of digging empty graves for innocence at midnight; this too may pass, yet. Buy his books ‘Scribblings Of A Madman’ (Lit Fest Press) ‘Poetry From The Nearest Barstool’ at And a split poetry book ‘The Raven And The Vagabond Heart’ with Bethany W Pope at You can also read his poems and stories here!


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