The Clearing


Linda Lee Ruzicka



As I stumble down the twisted path
branches reach out to rake my skin;
clutch me to impede my progress
while the wind whispers my name

     It mocks me…….

The full moon is behind the clouds,
it's impossible to see clearly
what pitfalls lie before me
and the hidden dangers beside me

      Something watches me…….

Finally, the clearing, with trees long dead
I burst through, gasping, frantic for air
the ebony wolf stretches, slowly advances
His tongue lolls over sharp white teeth

     He reaches me………  

PAIN.. white hot agony, oh the torment!
it rips through my body without mercy
as bones are wrecked and tendons stretch,
everything is as red as the blood moon

     I cannot endure………….

I collapse into a heap of kaleidoscope colors
as I feel his fetid breath on my face,
I open my eyes into the bright night
his dark muzzle touches my silver one

     I am changed…….

Oh, my mate…….my love  




Author Bio

Linda Lee Ruzicka has had poetry published in Twilight Times, Dark Krypt, Fables, Descending Darkness, Writing Village, Spine and Page, Muses Gallery, Bloodbond, Lycan Valley Press Publishers, Alban Lake, Highland Park Poetry, and the June Cotner anthologies, "House Blessings". and "Garden Blessings."

She has had short stories published in The Grit, and Reminisce, Haunted Encounters: Friends and Family. Plus, a personal essay at Mamalode.

Other poems by Linda:
Ah, Spring
A New Day
"Cavern of Deceit"
"Circle of Light"
Enchantress of Dreams
Golden Glory
"Humming Softly"
"Magnificent Splendor"
The Dark Cleansing Rain





"The Clearing" Copyright © 2017 Linda Lee Ruzicka. All rights reserved.
Published by permission of the author.


This page last updated 10-29-17.