drips dirty my eyelids

raving mirrors the splatter

folding into the crusty bark

veering time into a thicket

of tameless menacing cold

shivering bones rattling

the light gloomy whispers

who goes there goes awry

a slinking shadow shifts

as my foot touches the dead

crunching leaves cry out

startling the wings of down

brushing into the branches

bending for a closer look

at who dares to wildly defy

fierce feral and denseness

where darkness shies behind

grey granite faces defending

the howling fog steaming by