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The Haunted Forest
by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie

Friday, March 16, 2007
Rated "PG" by the Author.
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The Haunted Forest

I wasn’t afraid until the mist rose from the ground,
Covering the earth with ghostly images that floated by me,
Their rain kissed faces haunting me with memories,
I no longer wanted to remember…

I felt her slender fingers trace a wet path across my cheek,
And turned quickly enough to see her floating away,
Her long hair leaving a trail on the damp forest floor…

I was torn,
Wanting to run back the way I had came,
Wanting to call out to her;
“Wait! Please wait for me!”

But if I followed her,
There would be no returning,
Mom always said she would be the death of me…
I wondered if I cared.

Thinking now,
Of where I had been,
Where I wanted to go now that so much had changed,
It’s no fun getting old by your self.

I always loved this forest,
Each long limbed tree has a name,
I know every trail and where it leads by heart.
On long winter nights these woods are haunted-

I saw her peeking from behind a tree,
Her lovely dark eyes met mine,
We had spent our childhood here,
Lay in the long arms of our friends all day,

Talking and dreaming,
Making plans for a future that never happened.
Still, this was the only place I had ever felt at peace.
The only place that we sisters had ever called home.

She smiled at me from behind our favorite tree.
I put my fingers in rough edges of our names,
We had carved so long ago,
They were much higher now,
But still so clear…

I decided to stay.


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Reviewed by Susan Cook-Jahme 6/22/2007
Hi retta...just popping in to visit old AD friends and enjoyed reading this wonderful poem.
Reviewed by Handsum Hart 5/20/2007
Splendid poetic work, two thumbs up I'd say.

Best wishes
Reviewed by Lydia Shutter (Reader) 5/19/2007
Magical and mystical words, my friend. Touching poetry! Lydi**
Reviewed by Abdi-Noor Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope) 5/15/2007
Deeply moving poem
Reviewed by P-M Terry Lamar 4/28/2007
Lovely. Emotional. Moving.
I'm glad I found your work. It will take me awhile to read all your poems, but I'm looking forward to it.
Reviewed by Nicole Davis Vergara 4/13/2007

As always your imagery is captivating, the emotion projected right on cue to the reader and your thoughts and feelings so extremely well conveyed!!! This is beautiful and indeed haunting! So great to be back and read your work again!

Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen 4/12/2007
enchanting write, retta. reminds me of my childhood new england woodland & the hypnotic pull of its dusk-tinted hollows.
masterful work.
Reviewed by Aberjhani 4/12/2007
The more I read THE HAUNTED FOREST the more I sensed a blessing preparing to emerge out of the shadows of doubt and regret. Then sure enough, there it was: "peeking from behind a tree." Beautiful.
Reviewed by Jeff Mason 4/8/2007
Pardon me, but OMG!!! Ahem, Rhetta! THIS is more of what we need. I can't even BEGIN to tell you how utterly beautiflly rendered this is; the imagery is explosive in it's subtle undertones that burst into the reader's mind and soul. Be still my heart, indeed!!! Major large sigh... from this admirer of your pen! Happy Easter if you celebrate it. -- Jeff
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 3/29/2007
How does it feel to get it right every time? As always, you have created a vivid and haunting scene that is both touching and
thought-provoking. Enviable!! 'Pea'xOx
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 3/29/2007
hello Reatta, great poetic story. I love the great outdoors also but not at night. things get kind of spooky then
Reviewed by William Bonilla 3/25/2007
Yearing for a love one
a beautiful hauting write Retta
most enjoyable piece

Love & Peace
Reviewed by CJ Heck 3/21/2007
Oh Retta, this is so poignant, so hauntingly beautiful. I was there. Your words took me with you. This is amazing and so well-written that I had goosebumps as I read. Very well done.
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 3/20/2007
This is so compelling, Retta, and the narrative speaks so keenly of the nature of the life that was shared with rich images - love the long-limbed trees which I have read as bearing HER name! But, not too far from the truth, I guess. Beautiful ending and the keeness of detail with the tattooed bark being so much higher... Conjures also the distance between adulthood and the child. I was truly drawn into this heartfelt tale. TY Kate xx
Reviewed by Heather White 3/20/2007
That was so sad Rein, I pray everything is okay with you, it's been a while, excellent but tear jerking write
Reviewed by J M 3/18/2007
This is so masterful you took us along in this journey a refreshing and visual feast. Thank you.

Reviewed by Carmen Ruggero 3/18/2007
Great conclusion, Reindeer. Great to read you again!

Reviewed by Joseph* OneLight*® 3/17/2007
Hi Reindeer,

So good to read you again! You are where you need to be ... of this, I'm sure. Blessings.

Love & Light always and in all ways,
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 3/17/2007
Retta, this is truly stunning.
Reviewed by David Young 3/17/2007
Very good imagery of pure trnquility!
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 3/17/2007
I could feel the "Spirits" and the emotions........I would of stayed too :-)
Reviewed by jude forese 3/16/2007
you bring the heart of the forest and its impact on you into focus in this beautiful and endearing poem ...
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 3/16/2007
A place of dreams, dreams lost, of childhood fantasy. A place that draws you back time and time again. Beautiful.
Be safe,
Reviewed by E T Waldron 3/16/2007
I felt myself holding my breath as I read this in hushed silence. It is full of ethereal beauty Reindeer! You always touch the deepest parts with your poetry!

Reviewed by Amor Sabor 3/16/2007
There is no end to the beauty that you see and experience as evidenced in this beautiful piece.
Reviewed by Donna Quesinberry 3/16/2007
Your style is so refreshing and easy to breeze through.
The forest of mysteries.

Reviewed by Laura Mayer 3/16/2007
Hi Retta
I think this is my first time reading your work, and it is absolutely breathtaking, suspenseful and peaceful at the same time. Beautifully done. Your title caught my attention, as I love writes about hauntings.
Hugs, Laura
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 3/16/2007
Have to agree with Gwen here!!

I am always touched by your writes!!

Love Tinka

Reviewed by Gwen Dickerson 3/16/2007
So melancholy and beautifully descriptive! Your writing always enchants! Good to read you again! Blessings!
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 3/16/2007
Retta, such a pleasure to read you again. A delightful haunting work. One thing about being alone, you are in the best company of someone who truly appreciates what you can do, and who you are. And you are special. What a terrific picture too.

Reviewed by Regis Auffray 3/16/2007
The mood and feelings that you have shared via your verses reach into the soul of the reader. Thank you, Retta. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 3/16/2007
You decided to stay, being a brave man, I'd have run away, faster than a gazelle.... Beaut work, yup us brits are known for our
Reviewed by Felix Perry 3/16/2007
Stunning, captivating and carries the mind off to that forest and the soft voice narrated this poignant story in the mist. Beautiful piece of work Retta.

Reviewed by F William Broome 3/16/2007
Your words and lines float off the page into our hearts, My Friend.
It is good to see you working, again, and to read another of your deeper poems. Over the years, I recall that you kept getting better, making me wonder about an apex. Now, I know... you don't even know what that means. Lovelly and loving is this poem. - Bill
Reviewed by Bill Grimes Jr. 3/16/2007
Beautiful work Retta!


Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 3/16/2007

Where you been, girl? I have missed you so much! Welcome back!

You haven't lost your magical style; very beautiful and poignant write! BRAVA!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 3/16/2007

It is so good to see you posting again. You've been missed.

As for this poem, beautiful imagery and poignancy ring in each line; extremely effective! Well done.

(((((HUGS))))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson 3/16/2007
you've been gone too, too, long
I love the forest and have been
lost in the forest before. That
is a scary feeling for sure.
Love your work......
Reviewed by Dawn Richerson 3/16/2007
I love this, Reindeer! felt as if I were walking through the forest with you, alive with wonder and a touch of fear. I found myself reading quickly first time through to see what you would do (follow? stay behind?) and thoroughly enjoyed each image second time around. Dawn
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 3/16/2007
I always loved this forest,
Each long limbed tree has a name,
I know every trail and where it leads by heart.
On long winter nights these woods are haunted-

I've missed your poems, Reindeer, and I especially like this one since I love the forest as well. And although your forest may be haunted, it holds some wonderful memories, too, and I'm glad to hear that you decided to stay.
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