They thought it was just a large cat on the grass
by the old canal bank
drawing near the object dived into the water
large ripples spread outwards
yet silence remained creating an atmosphere
that deep-seated fear!
All seemed so natural the same familiar scene
over the surprise walked on
continuing chatting along the narrow tow path
reaching their favourite seat
facing the murky water the object was again sat
thinking maybe a big rat!
How they tried to ignore this persistent entity
there ominously not moving
to their dismay it was soon joined by another
that slid onto the bank
this was definitely bigger it began to slither
as their nerve began to wither!
Realising there was danger they began to run
knowing the short cut out
back onto the bustling rush hour town centre
with unprecedented speed
the now visible snake-like creature attacked
the momentum they lacked!
The last to go was caught and swallowed whole
witnessing this appalling event
three friends stumbled away in complete terror
as the smaller beast lunged
tearing at a young girls foot she screamed pain
breaking free before it bit again!
Reaching what they hoped was a safe location
stood on the bridge looking down
upon the now tranquil canal below their feet
with no signs or undulations
what were they why had it killed their mate
for him help was too late!
Now in and on the canal bank nothing stirred!
The Foureyed Poet.