Gotcha

abstract tree_cave

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The tunnel shimmers with a tempting threat;
….its marbled darkness beckons and repels.
……..Her instinct is to flee this place, and yet
…………some hunger in her quickening soul rebels.

She stoops to taste the water at her feet,
….and gasps at fruity flavours rich and rare,
……..Bending low she sups the nectar sweet,
…………then steps into the cave without a care.

Reflections from the water light the walls,
….to.dance with twisting shadows of the tree,
……..Behind her, warning silence weakly calls,
…………But she’s enchanted by the leaping filigree.

The air grows dank, and scratches reach her ears.
….She hears an evil grunt, and rasping breath,
……..a distant, deadly scream awakes her fears,
…………then silence reigns, as if a breath is held for death.

The grunts resume, and splashing sounds ensue
….like clumsy footsteps searching out their prey.
……..Her horror deepens; she cannot construe
…………from whence they come; they echo everyway.

The light retreats and deepest darkness falls
….within the depths of that unhallowed hollow,
……..while lumbering evil bounces off the walls;
…………she knows not which dread trail to follow.

All at once she sees the apperition,
….the gnashing teeth and angry threads of drool.
……..She screams in fearful recognition…
…………the teacher drags the truant back to school.

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Gotcha… (inspired by an image I put together in an idle moment)

Β©Jane Paterson Basil

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21 thoughts on “Gotcha

      1. lol so did we, one got sacked for hurling chairs at students … later saw him as a boy lady performer! Maybe he was just frustrated as a teacher but he found his right vocation.

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        1. Haha… I don’t think they like having cross-dressing tachers in schools. I had a transvestite friend who was a teacher in a posh private school, and he had to keep his predilictions secret :0 πŸ™‚

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              1. oh the difference in this guy was black to white … people need to express themselves openly without being judged, so long as nobody is hurt in the process there is nothing wrong with it

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      1. Truly, I thought my eyes and mind were reading some Classy, Classical English times of Mr Poe’s era.

        Your words and imagery, feelings truly lured me into a place and time of great enjoyable distraction. (@–>–)

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