In deep dark forest Horrors dwell
Wild beasts, cruel traps, or far, far worse.
Danger lurks in every hidden knell
Where even trees have the Devil’s curse
From rotted trunks tendrils immerse
Roots that probe the Earth’s very shell
Deeply, to the very Gates of Hell
For angry demons to gain traverse
AH HA HA HA Ha Haaaaaaaaa!
Faces emerge. The roots go deep into the earth. How far do they go?
This is a photograph I took on Harriet Island near St. Paul, Mn. It struck me as having a dozen evil, smirking faces coming out of the trunk, as if it was possessed. The demons were trying to break free. It inspired me to write this poem. How many faces do you see?
This poem is a Rispetto
A Rispetto, an Italian form of poetry, is a complete poem of two rhymed quatrains with strict meter. The key aspect of a Rispetto involves the rhyme scheme that begins with the standard rhyme in the first stanza, then changes to another in the second. The meter is usually iambic tetrameter with a rhyme scheme of: