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Witching Hour

Echoes of a Distant Bell

By Veronica ColdironPublished 9 months ago Updated 9 months ago 1 min read
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Hear the echo of the distant bell.

Enchanting songs shrink and swell,

Rising in you with their knell.

It’s witching hour, a time from hell!

The cadence begs you, soft; remember,

Burning bright, a kindling ember

Deep inside each loyal member,

Like firelight from nature’s timber.

Masses huddle beneath the trees.

Woodland dwellers near the seas,

Cherishing now each chilling breeze,

Bowing and scraping on bended knees.

The haunting song calls forth the lightning,

Each eye fearful, stark and frightening.

With anticipation heightening,

Heartbeats slowly feel a tightening.

Comes their master from his chasm,

More handsome here than you can fathom.

Witches writhe in ghostly spasm

At the sight of this phantasm.

Lighting sacrificial rite

To chase the shadows from the night,

In homage to his earthly flight

No one suspected evil plight

A scream disrupts the chilling air,

Informing others to beware.

The master comes not in their care,

But bringing death, so cruel, unfair.

From the village chants arise,

Lighting up the moonless skies,

Heeding not the pleading cries,

As in his service each one dies.

Centuries have come and passed,

Fortunes lost; again amassed,

But here again nothing will last;

A chilling spell no longer cast.

And in the seas, say passer’s by,

When midnight brings the starless sky

You’ll hear the mournful, pleading cry

Of witches begging not to die.

If one should travel through the glen

And ask some of the village men

How they allowed such evil sin,

They oft’ reply with slighted grin

…’twas witching hour, back then.

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Veronica Coldiron

I'm a mild-mannered project accountant by day, a free-spirited writer, artist, singer/songwriter the rest of the time. Let's subscribe to each other! I'm excited to be in a community of writers and I'm looking forward to making friends!

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  • Stephanie J. Bradberry4 months ago

    A great cadence to match the motif of the poem. Love it!

  • Deasun T. Smyth6 months ago

    I've been wanting to ask you if I can use this song for a future video game I've been designing. I can't give too much details about the video game, aside from it being an adventure game, I feel like this song would really make my video game a whole lot better.

  • Novel Allen7 months ago

    I so love witches and ghouls, ghosts and goblins. Thoroughly enjoyable, The song is dessert. Beautiful.

  • Donna Renee7 months ago

    Whoa! ok that was really cool, the music was so haunting and beautiful as well!

  • Deasun T. Smyth8 months ago

    your song SO added to the experience. This was great! Love the ominous feeling that seemed to float from it, love to read more.

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  • This poem is a dark beauty! I loved it so much! It was haunting and alluring! Your voice and the music, wow just wow! So mesmerising!

  • Dana Stewart9 months ago

    Whoa! You’ve upped the ante! Absolutely love the song and the poem. I think I’m under your spell!

  • Gina C.9 months ago

    Oh, I loved everything about this! The magic, the rhymes, the mystery, the music, the cover picture. Dark, yes also whimsical and beautiful. Wonderful!!

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