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The Clock Strikes Twelve


The clock strikes twelve this winters night

From a heavy sky down pours the rain

Shoulders hunched and coat pulled tight

My optimism now starts to wain

Thoughts in my head I now debate

Why did I leave my safe abode?

Have I left it far too late

Am I alone on this hostile road?

Lightning strikes, fleeting shadows cast

I'm a grown man, I'm not a child

I tell myself I must hold fast

My imagination running wild

But only once do I look behind

Peer into the dark as I turn my head

There's nothing there that I can find

Does evil close behind me tread?

Superstition, but if so why

Do I start to quicken up my pace

My heart rate quickens, my mouth runs dry

What monster might I have to face?

A rancid odour fills the air

Faster and faster I start to run

This creature, tonight, has left it's lair

Is this the end, am I undone?

Can see no rescue from my plight

What ghastly beast could evil mutate

And stalk it's victims in the night?

Am I to face a grizzly fate?

I feel it's grip it's icy cold

A slime upon my skin

I struggle but cannot break it's hold

I am lost, this beast will win

My life is over, I'm approaching death

I have one desperate choice

I take my last, my deepest breath

And at the very top of my voice

I scream my very loudest scream

And wake up in bed in a cold sweat

What a relief it was just a dream

And one I hope I'll soon forget

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Nigel Smith
Nigel Smith
Nov 01, 2023

A Grand-piece Keith! Gallops along due the simple rhyme scheme (always good, always effective)

and great word choice.,.

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Esther
Esther
Oct 30, 2023

Perfectly captures the spirit of the season

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Darrell Troon
Darrell Troon
Oct 30, 2023

Getting into the spirit of it, i like it


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Alison Blevins
Alison Blevins
Oct 29, 2023

Spookily spectacular😱

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Scary. I could visualizer every step home.

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