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THE BLACK BEAST, by            
First Line: Savage limbs of that black beast, the forest
Last Line: Somewhere the eyes of the forest glare at the stars.
Subject(s): Monsters


SAVAGE limbs of that black beast, the forest,
Quiver cruelly in the darkness;
Beneath the black belly of the pines,
The earth is afraid.

The claws of the monster of a thousand limbs
Pierce the flinching moss,
And grate on the white flint bones of the earth,
Striking fire.

Flames frozen in white pebbles
Shiver under the darkness.

These limbs are planted firmly,
Nailed to the flint with claws;
It is safe to be lost in the blind night
Among the claws that cannot strike.

But the rustling of his fur is dreadful
As he breathes above.

Somewhere the eyes of the forest glare at the stars.





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