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~~~ Carnage ~~~


~ Carnage ~

Unherly wight of shivelit night,

Whose mauling swafe swenge all who fight;

A tway-toothed sleight of fearsome fright,

Bounds surly blight of gloam-tinged might.

Ferocious grenthe launch grasps ' n' gropes,

In slumbery skulks through warth-bound moats;

'Cross walnut copse thence mist-swirled moors,

Grim Lycaon beast breathes fabled lore.

Yea, midnight's lamp floods flashing claws,

That glint and scrape oak village doors;

Hark, eisful flesh seek shalk which wast,

Bethralled by howl-pierced Celtic frost.

Beswart in name's calumnious fame,

Vile blades doth clench 'pon canine gain;

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Thereth, twilight swevet brake graveyard hood,

As lych-lord's slaked by trembling blood.





Romeos Quill (author) from Lincolnshire, England on December 01, 2014:

That's a great comment tirelesstraveler and glad that this little campfire tale entertained.

Best wishes;


Romeos Quill (author) from Lincolnshire, England on December 01, 2014:

Yeah, thanks Chris; you're spot on - it's been done to death, albeit quite well by a few authors. Send me the laundry bill lol!

Have a good week and appreciate you stopping by for a read.


Judy Specht from California on November 29, 2014:

This is liver shivering good.

Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on October 27, 2014:

It is so difficult to write truly scary stories and poems. We've had such a long diet of were wolves, vampires, walking dead, clowns, dolls etc that we just don't get frightened anymore. But you've found a way to make the horror genre scary again......the words, old English?, make it dark and unfamiliar. When I didn't understand a word, I simply assumed it was something horrible. Thanks again for sharing.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on September 08, 2014:

Hahaha ... you are so kind, dear Romeos, and I believe my hair is finally tame after reading this frightful one right before bedtime the other night : )

Yes, I did, as I thought about it being Hubbie awards time, and thought, well, I really should wear my HubPages T-shirt now, especially. Don't know if the "HubPages" part shows up well enough? I just highlighted my hair over the Labor Day weekend and here I flipped the highlighted front areas to the back so they would not be too much in my face. If there is anything positive, then I inherited such from my beautiful mother. As we know, true beauty comes from within ... the heart. Thank you for making a grandmother of three feel beautiful ... and I have found many beautiful grandmothers here on HP, which I know help to change the image of what a grandmother looks like nowadays : )

Hug and much love to you

Romeos Quill (author) from Lincolnshire, England on September 08, 2014:

Good evening to you MsDora;

After peeling myself off the carpet and struggling to get my head through the door after an extremely kind remark from the undisputed, ageless Queen of the Antilles, might I venture that the Lord God is master of us both; the very one who coronated you with winsome crown of argent lustre, mesmerising with a gentle persuasion, royally bestowed by the Ancient of Days via His unseeable hand?

Thank you for sailing by and sending warm regards to you and your family in the remarkable paradise that is St. Kitts-Nevis.


Romeos Quill (author) from Lincolnshire, England on September 08, 2014:

Hiyah Wayne;

I thought this might appeal as you seem to have a writing penchant for the darker side of grey.

Thanks for sailing by and really appreciate your commentary; I hope you're still in good health superman.

Best Wishes;


Romeos Quill (author) from Lincolnshire, England on September 08, 2014:

Hi Genna East;

Thank you for leaving such encouraging and uplifting commentary and trust that life is treating you well over the water there in Boston; only ever seen photographs of your beautiful state and the panoramic scenes of the autumn forests were spectacular.

All the Best;


Romeos Quill (author) from Lincolnshire, England on September 08, 2014:

Hi again Ann;

Lol! Many thanks for coming by to read this one; a deviation from the norm and just flirting with an old-fashioned style.

I sort of knew that most British maidens would be safely tucked up in rapturous slumber before posting this so if they did read, it would most likely be daylight.

Yes indeed; the theme of your Remembrance Day article certainly does fit well.

Thanks a million and enjoy a lovely sundown.


Romeos Quill (author) from Lincolnshire, England on September 08, 2014:

Good evening Faith;

It was supposed to be one of those spooky, suspenseful campfire tales for a long autumn evening; or symbolic of the way a wicked leader treats his people ( Proverbs 28:15 ); or even an allusion to the adversary seeking to devour ( 1 Peter 5:8 - a lion in this passage ), and a reminder of vigilance.

Thanks for dropping by, and if it made your hair stand on end dearest Faith then send me the bill for the mousse, gel or spray that will no doubt be required to tame those beautifully bobbed tresses of fair persuasion. :)

Have you changed your profile pic again? Look at you with those film star cheek bones and knockout smile!

Best Wishes to you and your family including Georgie Peorgie and Maximus Fluffius.

Kind Regards;


Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on September 07, 2014:

Romeos, you're the master. Dark picture but well done!

Wayne Barrett from Clearwater Florida on September 06, 2014:

Masterfully crafted. Very nice work Romeo.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on September 06, 2014:

Wow! Powerful doesn’t begin to describe the impact of this dark poem. Well done.

Ann Carr from SW England on September 05, 2014:

The rhythm of a beast stalking through the night is awesome (and I don't use that word very often!). I love these words that I can almost chew. They are amazing. The scary darkness is all around me. I know exactly what Faith means; fortunately I've already had a good night's sleep!

One of your best, I think. I'm going to have to look up some of those words, though. That's what I like about your poetry; keeps me on my toes.

Strangely, as I was reading it, it fitted well with my last hub, as it reflects the 'carnage'.

Hope all's well in your neck of the woods, R.Q.

Have a great weekend.


Faith Reaper from southern USA on September 04, 2014:

Eeks! I see I have some catching up to do here with all of your amazing poetry, dear Romeos.

I was about to shutdown and head off to bed and, thank you, for the lovely thoughts of "carnage" in my head : )

Excellent poem as always.

Sweet dreams to you too ...

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