Dark Poetry: Forgotten Trail

Forgotten Trail
Wading through a dark muddy forgotten trail,
My tired legs sank low into the wet dirty ground,
like quick sand.
Somewhere along the way, I had gotten lost…
Not remembering how I got here.
Just feeling… “lost in the race.”
These peaceful outdoor nature surroundings
deemed unfamiliar,
The journey, seemed to be a secret
that nobody was telling me- not even my own memory.
Inside my mind, was a bleak fog…as if I hadn’t slept in days.
My eyes slowly peered around the dense forest landscape.
The cool air was moist and damp.
Tree leaves, wet with dew and sunlight peaked out
from puffy tired clouds.
At least I knew it was morning and my senses were awake.

Behind me, old shoe-prints had made stamps
in the sticky mud.
Perhaps…my footsteps?
Since they seemed to lead up to the place
from where I stood now.
But how the journey became here… I didn’t know.
I stood alone in a dense forest…lost…forgotten.
Did anybody miss me?
… Did I miss anybody?
For my name seemed to have swept my memory too…
As it was also lost, in this cool dense air…
At least I had the early morn’ sunshine,
For it whispered hello to me with its warm welcoming rays,
Not afraid of the stranger which stood before it.
I reached out to touch the invisible warmth,
hoping for a connection.
And then, curiously, I went to touch the dew that lay so softly upon the fresh green tree leaves…
Although, my finger didn’t quite meet the leaves,
As it seemed to go right through them…like air touching air.
So I attempted to explore the rough tree bark
that stood so tall before me…
But – I could not make contact with it either.
I stared at a puddle of muddy water below…
It had no reflection gleaming back at me…
But yet, footprints were behind me,
Leading to a lost forgotten trail.
Ariana R Cherry April 1 2019

Published by Ariana R. Cherry

“Within the depths of our mind, we are battling the duel of light and darkness…good and evil…love and hate…” Between Light and Darkness is Ariana’s most recent collection of poetry… Cherry’s frequent message she delivers throughout her work is, “The journey through the darkness, back into the light.” Her hope is to let others know that they won’t be in that place of darkness for long – that they indeed can reach the light once again…She also wants her readers to know – that – it is okay if they find themselves in that bleak blackness…Sometimes we feel guilty for going to that dark place – but it is necessary to conquer the demons that battle our souls…. Other books that Cherry has written include "Only If" and "Twisted Paths Poetry." Her epic tale, “Only If,” won the “Reader’s Favorite Award” and a 5 star review…and her collection, “Twisted Paths Poetry,” received a 5 star review from Realistic Poetry International. She has been writing ever since she was a child. Some of her inspirations include Edgar Allen Poe, Robert Frost, Stephen King, Emily Dickinson, Christopher Pike and Shel Silverstein. Ariana writes a variety of genres: inspirational, humorous and horror – although writing horror is one of her favorites…. She was 12 years old when she read Poe for the very first time – which inspired her epic poetry tale, “Only If.“ During other parts of her free time, she enjoys taking photos and creating art. Her “day-jobs” include working as a church administrative aide and reporting for a local newspaper.

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