The Dark Place

Day 23 of NAPOWRIMO. Sanaa’s prompt is to write a ghost story or a story that calls to darkness.  It is open link day at Toads but I am following the prompts for the 30 in 30.

The Dark Place

…”when the sun hides its face for years at a time, and little children
are born and live and die all in darkness while the direwolves grow gaunt and
hungry, and the white walkers move through the woods” George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

in the woods across the road there is a corner –
dark amidst the brightness of green
and tree filtered light.
the corner is in the northwest quadrant
and in that space is a small stone, old
and covered with moss beginning to crumble.
on the stone is Rest in Peace and it points
to the west – not the east.
the people who buried this person
hoped he would not rise again.
the corner is dark, even at high noon –
heavy dead vines, like calcified snakes
strangle the life out of the two trees
in that corner, no green growth,
no animal life, even the fallen leaves
blow away in the wind leaving the hard earth
bare. I don’t know who is buried there.
I just know I walk past
the place quickly, with my fingers crossed,
and my head down.
The darkness calls out to me
but I dare not heed.
I dare not heed.

12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sanaarizvi
    Apr 23, 2019 @ 16:58:55

    My goodness this is good! My heart is in my throat and in sheer awe of the dark and beautiful imagery in this ghost story! ❤️ I loved it! Thank you so much for writing to the prompt! 🙂

    PS: Um I think you forgot to link in the garden .. please do so!


    Apr 24, 2019 @ 00:02:35

    I dare not …. even go there!


  3. Magaly Guerrero
    Apr 24, 2019 @ 00:49:45

    Sometimes, the intelligent things is not to dare.


  4. anmol(alias HA)
    Apr 24, 2019 @ 03:42:21

    So eerie — I really enjoyed how you build on the tension here. It’s wicked good. I loved this bit: “heavy dead vines, like calcified snakes/strangle the life out of the two trees/in that corner, no green growth…”


  5. Rosemary Nissen-Wade
    Apr 24, 2019 @ 03:57:37

    Ooh, deliciously spooky!


  6. kanzensakura
    Apr 24, 2019 @ 04:17:07

    It may be “understood” but there is something called courtesy. One doesn’t post something on one site frim another. Check out the 30 in 30 drop down for a list of your fellow Toads and when they are prompting. If you have been gere long enough to know things are “understood” then you have been here kong enough to know Toads sponsirs its own PAD in April. People akso use the PAD by Robert Brewster but they post on that website, not a different one. They show courtesy and respect.

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  7. merrildsmith
    Apr 24, 2019 @ 08:33:00

    Oooo–shivers! I don’t want to go near that place!


  8. Kerry
    Apr 24, 2019 @ 12:03:25

    the people who buried this person
    hoped he would not rise again.

    Wow, this is a telling detail!


  9. Vivian Zems
    Apr 27, 2019 @ 20:17:21

    I’m staying right here! In my safe bedroom!


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