he stood outside
the cemetery

hesitating, once more,
before the gate

unable to tell through
the mist

which stones the ravens
perched upon



for the Poets United ‘verse first’ prompt
inspired by this fantastic image.



Filed under Poetry, Poetry - Prompts

19 responses to “Hesitating

  1. gave me goose bumps.. great imagery.

  2. Misty and mystical scene, and just …what will happen next…good beginning for fiction story…great take!

  3. This gives me chills.. You have really captured the scene!

  4. A very intriguing poem, makes one think about many things.

  5. Oh wow I found it both achingly sad and a little chilling

  6. A blend of sadness and apprehension…..

  7. Pratyush

    I came here for the first time and i am still to look around, but “Some of what I write is true, some is fiction; most is merely possibility.”, how telling is that.

    it is a possiblity and it is a chilling one. you evoked many emotions with this poem.

  8. …haunting and just left me intrigued… smiles…

  9. I can see this so well – love the stones, the mist, the ravens……

  10. Windham! You’ve channeled your inner Edgar Allen! Outstanding piece, Brother.

  11. Dang!Wonderful depiction!

  12. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade)


  13. def carries a haunting element to it…nice use of the ravens…and leaving space for us to assume their significance….

  14. Eerie– you’ve given mood to the storied cemetery that is so evocative of impending doom– nice write~ peace, Jason

  15. very powerful in few words. loved it.

  16. This left me shivering!

  17. Well done! I enjoyed this 🙂

  18. Oh those ravens. So choosy in their perching, and sadly random too. Well written, with a sad chill I can relate to.

Some of what I write is true, some is fiction; most is merely possibility.

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