The gate swung slowly on creaky hinges
as a biting wind blew
the woodwork rotting some was burnt
cracked churned up path
led to a shabby drab riverside habitat
out buildings collapsed flat!
Felt more like winter though a spring day
rain fell on a rising river
adjacent to a rear garden in disarray
a bird lay decomposing
on the rusting roof water droplets dripped
in rhythmic beats fear gripped!
The air whistled around the building
the cold chilling the bones
a hiker decided to stop here for a rest
unaware of its gruesome history
yet felt the isolated location undertone
alone with no chaperone!
Had become lost along the river trail
the sun was going down
had no signal on her new smart phone
not told anybody of the trip
approaching up the dry cracked pathway
near the alleged haunted red bay!
Though it seemed abandoned was disturbed
that there was a presence
unable to go on fatigued her energy drained
had been warm so not prepared
to spend a long night here in the wilderness
there was an unearthly stillness!
Soon as the sun had set scratching noises
permeated around her position
as if a creature was trying to get inside
she had no torch to see anything
wooden walls tin roof shook and rattled
as inner demons battled!
Were her eyes playing tricks as she sat
shivering in this rickety shack
sound of lapping water getting louder
in the doorway a shape stood
light footsteps neared a gurgling groan
something snapped her hyoid bone!
Her body dragged to the water discarded
and into the flowing river
motionless was propelled in the current
found days later by a warden
on routine patrol of this vast national park
the find shocking and stark!
Another victim to add to the countless others
discovered over the decades
unsolved murders that had no known motive
the same cause neck broken
nobody had linked their deaths to the old cabin
where its said a hermit had dwelled within!
Who was hunted down being linked to evil forces
hung and burnt but made a curse
that anybody entering his own sacred domain
would meet their certain end
thought of as just more meaningless folklore
locals this place would never explore!
The Foureyed Poet.