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The Legend of Butcher's Holler


Sometimes a dog is a girl's best fiend.

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seaglass
 
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I love the old tales too. My mother use to recite to me, "Little orphan Annie, came to our house to stay..."

I really like this story and having been raised in the Ozarks of Missouri, I can verify it is down-woodsy-creepy. I like the internal line and to make it work for so many verses has to have a six.


 Comment Written 29-Nov-2015



reply by the author on 29-Nov-2015
    I adore Little Orphant Annie, by James Whitcomb Riley, seaglass! It happens to be one of my all-time favorites. I even have a rather eerie video saved of the author himself reading his poem. I'll share it with you here, if that's okay?



    Thanks so much for your complimentary comments and six stars. I sincerely appreciate it.
    With gratitude
    ~Dean

reply by seaglass on 29-Nov-2015
    Wow, That's a jewel. Thanks so much for sharing it. I once had it memorized but doubt if I could recite it now.

reply by the author on 29-Nov-2015
    I can and do recite this poem and Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven to my daughter from memory, seaglass. It took me over three years before I could do so with Poe's classic masterpiece. She's an ardent fan of Poe, just like her dear old dad, LOL...

reply by seaglass on 30-Nov-2015
    I love Poe too, not only his works but everything about his interesting and mysterious life.

reply by the author on 30-Nov-2015
    Yeah, right? Me too. I studied Poe's use of Trochaic Octameter in poetic expressionism extensively in college.

reply by seaglass on 30-Nov-2015
    It paid off with your own works

reply by the author on 30-Nov-2015
    Thanks. It makes writing a sonnet in iambic pentameter a bit of a chore though, lol. :(
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I am Cat
 
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Well, it doesn't get any better than this, Dean....
Truly a gruesome and VERY well written tale.
I was completely sucked in from the very first.
The internal rhymes and the assonance, alliteration and
just the overall FEEL of the piece is delightful... in an
eerie, creepy way, of course.
You're certainly the master of the genre, and you show that
SO well, here...
Even without any sound (which I didn't listen to, because my dog is old and doesn't like the stress. LOL) and even if you didn't have all the wonderful gifs and added artwork (which I happen to think is awesome) it stands alone as an amazing
piece of art all its own.
You're an artist AND a poet, all in one and that's what makes it all the better.

I absolutely knew you were gone for a few days so that you'd be back with something like this to kick my ass. LOLOL (at least I sure was hoping so) LOL
Well done.
I willingly give it the highest rating possible because it truly deserves it.

Cat


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reply by the author on 01-Dec-2015
    First of all, thank you first and foremost for taking the time to read this rather lengthy poem, Cat. In addition, I am very grateful to your for your encouraging comments and exceptional six star rating. But more than winning the contest, great ratings, or anything else that might be involved, I'm just very pleased that you enjoyed the story and overall presentation.
    Not everyone has...
    Thanks so much again, my friend.
    With gratitude
    ~Dean :)

reply by I am Cat on 01-Dec-2015
    Dean... something about this place... and I suppose any place that has humans in it, I suppose... is that sooner or later, human beings are going to put their two cents in. LOL
    don't worry about what people say... you're the best there is at what you do... YOU know it, I know it, and THEY know it.

    Some people aren't going to get it.
    That's just how it is. ;)

    Keep doing what YOU do... Because nobody does it better. ;) Trust me.
    And I'll keep watching for you to kick my ass. ;)

reply by the author on 01-Dec-2015
    Hahaha, I seriously doubt if I'll ever kick your ass in anything, Cat. You're one of the most popular poets on this site, and rightly so. For some, everything they touch seems to turn to gold, while for others, e-h-h-h-h, not so much.

    Thanks again, Cat.
    ~Dean ;)
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What an eerie well written tale, complete with the banjo music and pictures to set the mood. I'm glad the dog ate Jeb! Evi


 Comment Written 29-Nov-2015



reply by the author on 01-Dec-2015
    First of all, thank you first and foremost for taking the time to read this rather lengthy poem, Evi. In addition, I am very grateful to your for your encouraging comments and exceptional six star rating. But more than winning the contest, great ratings, or anything else that might be involved, I'm just very pleased that you enjoyed the story and overall presentation.
    Not everyone has...
    Thanks so much again, my friend.
    With gratitude
    ~Dean :)
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This is very good and the banjo makes it's perfect. I can't say I liked the subject, but one can't argue with your writing talent. It's extremely good.


 Comment Written 29-Nov-2015



reply by the author on 01-Dec-2015
    First of all, thank you first and foremost for taking the time to read this rather lengthy poem, Barbara. In addition, I am very grateful to your for your encouraging comments and exceptional six star rating. But more than winning the contest, great ratings, or anything else that might be involved, I'm just very pleased that you enjoyed the story and overall presentation.
    Not everyone does...
    Thanks so much again, my friend.
    With gratitude
    ~Dean :)
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Jacqueline M Franklin
 
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Hi, Dean

_ Another masterpiece of story in poem, and stunning presentation, where you definitely have set the spooky mood theme.
_ Ole Blue, he be lookin' rough around the edges, indeed.
_ Pleasant screams, yes you did convey. (*<*)

* Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you and yours*

Cheers & Blessings...
Keep Smilin'...
Jacqueline<>Jackie<>Jax (*:*)


 Comment Written 29-Nov-2015



reply by the author on 30-Nov-2015
    Thanks for dropping by to read and comment on my work, Jax. As always, it is appreciated.
    ~Dean
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BeasPeas
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This is a super write. You have penned a smoothly expressed tale. Presented well. Rhyming is great. Love the internal line rhyming. It has such rhythm--momentum just dancing along line by line. Much good luck in the contest, although I don't think you will need luck. Marilyn


 Comment Written 29-Nov-2015



reply by the author on 01-Dec-2015
    First of all, thank you first and foremost for taking the time to read this rather lengthy poem, Marilyn. In addition, I am very grateful to your for your encouraging comments and exceptional six star rating. But more than winning the contest, great ratings, or anything else that might be involved, I'm just very pleased that you enjoyed the story and overall presentation.
    Not everyone has...
    Thanks so much again, my friend.
    With gratitude
    ~Dean :)
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Very well done Dean. I wish my computer could let me enjoy the graphics along with the poem. This is really a good entry for the Share A Story Contest. It will be a great contender. :<) Nancy


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reply by the author on 30-Nov-2015
    Thanks for dropping by to read and comment on my work, Nancy. As always, it is appreciated.
    ~Dean
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A story in a poem, indeed, but not one with a sparkling ending. Quit calling that noble hound a cur. The man could have learned from Bronco Billy("Why'd you shoot
your wife instead of the man in bed with her?" ans. "Why, he was my best friend.")
Good poetry, fine story, should do well in the contest.


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reply by the author on 30-Nov-2015
    Thanks for dropping by to read and comment on my work, Red. As always, it is appreciated.
    ~Dean
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Hello Handsome :)

I love the feeling of backwoods this poem has. The poem is very well written and the presentation is awesome. Where did you find the pictures? They go so well with the poem. You are the best horror writer this site has and I am your number one fan. Well done!
Gypsy


 Comment Written 29-Nov-2015



reply by the author on 01-Dec-2015
    First of all, thank you first and foremost for taking the time to read this rather lengthy poem, Gypsy darlin'. In addition, I 'm very grateful to your for your encouraging comments and exceptional six star rating. But more than winning the contest, great ratings, or anything else that might be involved, I'm just very pleased that you enjoyed the story and overall presentation.
    Not everyone has...
    Thanks so much again, my friend.
    With gratitude and hugs...
    ~Dean :)
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A man of my own heart...wow. That dog is...well...WAS a Lab too. I will look at my dog much differently for a while at least.! I am an old woods rat too, tho not by birth. This is awesome and perfectly written, great flow and rhyme. I did stumble with one line, but so minor not worth griping about ... Saving this one to library. I miss the hollers and hoot owls. And the haints too. I'm working on my own banjo picking tale, but no neat videos! Pumpkinhead revisited!Love this. Suse


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reply by the author on 01-Dec-2015
    First of all, thank you first and foremost for taking the time to read this rather lengthy poem, Suse. In addition, I am very grateful to your for your encouraging comments and exceptional six star rating. But more than winning the contest, great ratings, or anything else that might be involved, I'm just very pleased that you enjoyed the story and overall presentation.
    Not everyone has...
    Thanks so much again, my friend.
    With gratitude
    ~Dean :)

reply by Realist101 on 01-Dec-2015
    Stick to your guns Dean. Your poems are so good and fun too. Some of us like to be creeped out! AND besides...the real horror is on the news channels. :D

reply by the author on 01-Dec-2015
    Oh, you're not just whistlin' Dixie there, Susan. If one need great fodder or ideas for horror stories, all they really need to do is tune in to their nightly news broadcasts.

    Thanks again!

    ~Dean :)
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