The Devil is in the Details

For the Out of Standard Prompt today on Toads. We are to write a poem about a cryptid – a creature that exists but doesn’t exist and is rarely seen. I have chose the Jersey Devil from my beloved and oft times spooky Pine Barrens.

“photo” of the Jersey Devil

The Devil is in the Details
Tea colored water flows through the Barrens.
Pine scented water flows through the Barrens.
Don’t be there at twilight or later.
The Jersey Devil will get you
If. You. Don’t. Watch. Out.
You won’t hear him coming.
He spreads his skeletal batwings
and swoops on you from above.
Bones of animals ….
and humans lie scattered about under the pines.
and in the tea colored water.
Dogs have disappeared from backyards.
Babies have disappeared from cribs.
People have lost their way in the Barrens
and disappeared.
You won’t hear him coming.
The Jersey Devil will get you
If. You. Don’t. Watch. Out.

Jersey Devil

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ron.
    Jan 18, 2019 @ 04:40:52

    Or even if you DO watch out. I believe I once dated the Jersey Devil. But she was from Hoboken…Hmmm…Maybe not.


  2. annell4
    Jan 18, 2019 @ 11:09:37

    I wonder, are parents responsible? Do they make up things and warn their children, not to go there, for fear of the Devil? I know it is true in New Mexico, parents would warn their children not to go into the arroyos, for fear of the made up things that live there.


  3. coalblack
    Jan 18, 2019 @ 16:34:51

    I resolve to be extremely careful and watchful, plus i have the Peanut to alert me to any cryptid malfeasance!


  4. oldegg
    Jan 19, 2019 @ 05:55:41

    The best way to control unruly children is to frighten them with unlikely monsters and harm. how else can parents love their children until they can be sent out to work?


  5. Kerry
    Jan 19, 2019 @ 10:19:05

    I find this combination of parts to be particularly creepy!


  6. purplepeninportland
    Jan 19, 2019 @ 13:11:31

    I. Will. Watch. Out. – Very cool, Toni!


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