The vast forest-covered the valley and mountain
a fast flowing river completed the scene
of an unspoilt wilderness untouched by man
until a logging company set up camp
given permission to remove thousands of trees
conservationists this did not please!
On the other side of the forest range nestled
a township peaceful and law-abiding
prepared for the approaching snow storms
as the first winds began to blow
they were not prepared for what was to come
or terror to which they would succumb!
Back in the logging camp it was suddenly still
as the crew lay mutilated and dead
no longer noise of the chain saws and banter
the perpetrators had long gone
leaving behind the carnage of a savage kill
no sound even the air deathly still!
The townsfolk woke to several feet of snow
covering the once naked streets
but this was just the normal no surprise
but the strange large marks
cloven hoofprints in fresh snow were new
that’s when their fear grew!
The sheriff noticed them near his window
thinking it must be a hoax
they continued into the trees some distance
following them for a while
was totally surprised they suddenly stopped
in amazement his jaw dropped!
Blood was smeared over the trunk of a tree
deep long gauges in the bark
made it more of a scene he should leave now
radioed his deputy to meet him
he being certain it was a more disturbing event
with a real menacing intent!
Soon a report of a prized horse gone missing
and the sudden exit of all creatures
fleeing so frightened from an unseen danger
raising the stakes and anticipation
of the population unaware of what was near
but soon the answer would be here!
Patrolling the sheriff found a deer in the road
freshly killed and mauled
similar marks had already found heard a noise
just seconds being distracted
never saw anything looking back it had gone
something was seriously wrong!
That sickening feeling he was now being hunted
or very soon could be cornered
drove rapidly to town as another night neared
decided to suggest to the residents
to gather in the red brick town-hall for protection
receiving not a single rejection!
A hunter arrived to tell him a friend had been killed
found his body in the branches
shaken said could not have got there on his own
remembered ancient legends
of creatures that lived deep in the dense forest
this theory was a lot to digest!
An ancient native american sacred burial site
there had to be truth in the legends
gathered at the town hall steps heard sounds
deep angry sinister loud roars
townsfolk quickly ushered to the basement
the sheriff ready for engagement!
Two armed volunteer hunters joined the hunt
as they waited for an unseen foe
soon a huge dark object was on the attack
fast and agile they were the hunted
guns blazing in pitch black had to be alert
or be slaughtered or seriously hurt!
In an instant the sheriff was now confronted
with a mass heading his way
firing it knocked him to the floor lashing out
with huge claws and teeth gnashing
bullets at first never stopped the beasts charge
as more rapidly did discharge!
Just managed to grab his knife stabbed its head
this made it fall heavily backwards
now running away as the deputy came to help
but suddenly the beats jumped up
knocking him with force through a glass door
it left a trail of blood on the floor!
Injured both struggled to stand it had vanished
shaken waited for the daylight
a search was mounted but nothing ever found
today they live in a state of terror
knowing the beast was somewhere not dead
no idea of the future that lay ahead!
Deep in the vast forest the beasts waited
to terminate the humans they hated!
The Foureyed Poet.