Hallowe’en in the woods

October 30th, 2014 | 3 Comments »

A technical note: It is no longer necessary to register in order to comment on a post. So please do! In the meantime, don’t be scared, join me for a walk in the woods… 

If you go down in the woods today,you’re sure of a big surprise.

I went down in the woods — and was I surprised! There were no teddy bears and no signs of a picnic, but I did see some strange creatures. I saw a head, a dark face with twisted features.

Hallowe'en head
His ferny hair makes him look like Caligula — a truly scary man.

As I watched, a body began to emerge from the ground.  I didn’t wait around to see what would happen next.

Hallowe'en head flat
No wonder he’s grimacing. It’s hard work unearthing yourself.

Father along the path, another creature appeared. At first I saw his head and shoulders only.

Another Roman Emperor, or the bust of one.
Another Roman Emperor, or the bust of one.

 

But as I watched, two eyes appeared.

I wonder if his yellow eyes glow in the dark.
I wonder if his yellow eyes glow in the dark.

 

I blinked. Was this really happening?

He opened his eyes, I closed mine, afraid to look. And when I did, he’d grown two arms and a leg.  Beside him, a piece of wood twitched. Was it becoming a second leg?

What's happening? His eyes have changed!
What’s happening? His eyes have changed.

 

I left before I could find out. Maybe he was friendly, maybe not.  All I know is, when I came back, someone had taken a bite out of a tree nearby.

Whoever took a bite out of this tree was TALL.
Whoever took a bite out of this tree had a big mouth.

 

HAPPY HALLOWE’EN!

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A stormy sky in the late afternoon adds drama to the scene.
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The Inward Garden, by Julie Moir Messervy
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I have not enhanced these colours.
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Coup de Foudre-1
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blog+quote+ponder
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