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The Willow Man

by Jane Jago

 

The willow man’s breath fogs the window

He scratches the glass with twiggy fingers

You hide your head under the pillow

But the voice of the wildwood lingers

It follows you into the edges of sleep

And echoes in the spaces of your head

Under your straining eyelids it creeps

And flavours each indrawn breath with dread

The willow man’s breath is as cold as cold

And his fingers are knotted and strong

No matter if you be in childhood or old

You will suffer the ice of his song

The willow man’s breath chills coldly

His twiggy fingers scrape your throat

Will you face the willow man boldly?

Do you have fear’s antidote?

 

Copyright Jane Jago 2017-2019

The Willow Man is one of the poems featured in the free anthology, Haunted, available to download here: https://books2read.com/u/bowXZZ

You hide your head under the pillow
But the voice of the wildwood lingers
It follows you into the edges of sleep
And echoes in the spaces of your head