Dark Cold Winter Woods

Platform 5

In the dark, I pass a Schwarzwald.
Pine trees drip and drool in the obsidian pre-dawn.
The thick black copse is cold and damp like a grave
and thin frozen firs scrape the dirty oily sky without giving shelter.
No lingering for me.
I feel unease and the apprehension that Hansel and Gretel should have had.
Dank, inky winter forests drive ice worms into my soul.

This dense night wood makes a sunless and moonless and skyless cave of phantoms,
an eternal night with anxious chill.
Does it bring a foreboding of the future?
A prescience of danger?
Or a deep connection with prior life dark troubles,
just out of grasp of the conscious mind?

Frozen winter groves have penetrating glacial wetness.
They are Savage.
Their dankness tortures me, magnifying my mortal frailty.
When my time comes,
my walk through the valley of the shadow of death will be
a gauntlet through pelting, freezing rain in a Schwarzwald.

(Author’s note: Schwarzwald is Black Forest.)

About the Author

Maren Morgan

Maren E. Morgan. The first name rhymes with STAR-Ben. It's Danish, although I am not. I was named for a friend of my mother's who was named for her great-grandmother back in the old country.  I think of myself as a mother first, then a musician, then a person. My sons are the best things about my life. Musicking: I perform and compose.  House rehabbing: Not a talent I ever thought I'd develop, but one thing led to another and I am now well versed in the lay person's ways to evaluate and demolish neglected houses.  See my many, many articles on hubpages.com as Maren Morgan M-T.  Also, my upcoming book: I Rescued a House: One Woman's Victory with an Abandoned Castle. Writing. Oh yes, I write.  I turn out copious free verse poetry in addition to how-to articles. I enjoy sharing my life wisdom (scant, but it's yours for the asking.)   I absolutely love what I do. It's very rewarding to invite people through my creations to be all that they can be in a safe, honest, explosion of unique, genuine energy. (I am very enthusiastic, if not utterly insane.) Please visit my under-construction website: marenmorgan.com.