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My garden of delights,
infested with such pretty, twisted things,
mandrake root and toadstools
and glistering ravens' wings.
I planted belladona,
such a melancholy crop,
and grew poison ivy in blistered vines -
a haven in the bogs.

Skullcap grew amongst the weeds,
its slithering, slivered, ragged leaves
a home to noxious worms
and mealy nettle-bugs.
I gathered withered poppies,
a delicious apertif,
and brewed brackish tea from bagworm seeds
and garnished it with slugs.

Brambles thrived between the stones -
the hedges overblown with ash and bone
to welcome all my guests,
who hunched and huddled in the damp
covered up with dark and dank,
they bobbed and hung their withered heads
and supped on wolfbane tea and griddle-thorns.
How nice to know they all are dead!
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Sigma-Echo-Seven Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Student Writer
When reading this, I imagined a witch in a dark forest from some folk tale so old that no one can quite remember where it began...

Creepy and well done!
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Dream-Nova Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
I really enjoyed this poem, and the last line really pulled me in. Great work~
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Pell-MellxX Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Student General Artist
This reminds me of every imaginary adventure I had as a child.
I would get lost in the weeds and brambles outside my house, ripping my shimmering skirts to shreds.
I was constantly singing to the shadows, waiting for the monsters to take me to a revel.
I even kept a notebook full of poisonous flowers and plants to gather, belladonna and wolfbane among them.
This is beautifully written. Thank you for the trip back in my memory. <3
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Professional Writer
I lived in that world as well - and a few others. I am glad you like it.
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Pell-MellxX Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Student General Artist
Something tells me we would have been lovely friends.
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RavenSpider Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I like this one a lot. Very good and well written. But you always do great work.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks very much - I am glad you like it!
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RavenSpider Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
your very welcome your very good at what you do.
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vikingjon Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
Delightful! :) Sounds like my kind of place. :nod:
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Professional Writer
*Smiles* I wish I had done a picture to go with it.
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vikingjon Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
Future project. :)
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athanase-roux Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
nice.

ah... brings back such nice memories...
so many things I wish I could do to so many people..
though, the thought of that garden itself is quite appealing.

I'd love to have a midnight stroll amongst such dark scenery.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Professional Writer
Many thanks - I appreciate it very much.
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athanase-roux Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
de riens. :)
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SorrowfulWinter Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The ending was magnificent. Certainly is a garden of delights and I feel like this would fit perfectly in a twisted fairy tale book. Wonderful job, as always. :heart:
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Professional Writer
Many thanks - I appreciate that very much!
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SorrowfulWinter Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome~
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sierra42098 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
twisted and dark but seems so cheerful. i like the way those two settings can intertwine to make a perfect poem. all around a nice poem.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks! I am very glad you like it and appreciate the comment.
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archelyxs Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
Your words fit these mornings well. :heart:
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Professional Writer
I am glad you like it. I was under the spell of Edward Gorey when I wrote it.
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Xtala Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
A small dark corner perfect for a witch to weave the cloth of subtle destruction that will eventually envelop everything and everyone, within reach or otherwise.

You speak my language. Magnificent.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Professional Writer
*Chuckles* You know me...I love the macabre.
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Xtala Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
Needless to say, mon cher... The macabre loves you!
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Moonhawk47 Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This...is exactly the kind of garden I want!! >:D
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Professional Writer
*Smiles* I want a traditional New Orleans garden!
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Moonhawk47 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sadly, my green thumb turned black D:
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ladijayne Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Student General Artist
I love the visuals you create in this poem!!
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks. I am glad you like it!
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SadisticAngelOfEvil Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
woww :o
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks very much. I appreciate your comment and support!
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SadisticAngelOfEvil Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're welcome
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RJAandBVBforever Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
Really nice, but (this might just be me) I didn't think the middle verse flowed too well. Other than that, I love it. :)
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks very much. I appreciate your comment and support!
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avfc4me Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
It's deliciously gleeful!
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks very much. I appreciate your comment and support!
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roamingtigress Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
What a great piece. It was a lovely read; I really like the flow.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks very much. I appreciate your comment and support!
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roamingtigress Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
You are so very welcome :)
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QuenWrites Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I have no idea what half these things look like, but nonetheless the imagery was enchanting. Great work!
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks very much. I appreciate your comment and support! Several of the things are a product of my imagination!
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QuenWrites Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
That would explain why I had no idea what they were =P And no problem :)
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pcanjjaxdcd Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Could do with better rhythm, methinks. But otherwise lovely.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks very much. I appreciate your comment and support!
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fox-ninja97 Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Student Writer
Delightfully dark! ^^ I love the rhythm.
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks very much. I appreciate your comment and support!
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Battle-for-the-Sun Featured By Owner May 23, 2012   Photographer
Creepy and lovely at the same time... :heart: I really like your phrasing :)
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks very much. I appreciate it!
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ArtemAmoris Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Student General Artist
This is lovely. To quote SerpentineAthena, "A very cheerful kind of macabre insanity... great job!" :D
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks! That was the mood I wanted to create!
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