Murder on the moor

On the edge of the little village
Lies the dark, windswept moor
A hostile and unforgiving land
Purely defiant in its existence

Cries of yesterday echo
And get caught in the wind
A yearn to stay untouched
Separates man and beast

Savagely stalking its prey
As a foreboding rain falls
Hungry eyes with no remorse
Resilience is the key to survival

Unable to coexist as one
A mortal battle ensues
The beast slays the man
Final breath caught in throat

When will man finally realize
That the beasts were here first
We’re trespassers on their land
Even in the windswept moors.


A poem by Jason S. Sullivan, 10-20-20

8 thoughts on “Murder on the moor

      1. I’m sure I must have, it’s certainly an integral part of my outlook. I always enjoyed the title of Robert Heinlein’s “Stranger in a Strange Land” and it wasn’t until many years later that I discovered that the phrase had been lifted from scripture where it had been used in conjunction with the sojourning of Abraham through the promised land.

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  1. He was a early science fiction author, a genre I have always enjoyed. Another genre that I like is imaginative retelling of old myths and legends. I really liked Stephen Lawhead’s Pendragon series that is a retelling of the Arthurian legends, drawing from the legend of Atlantis and the legend of King Arthur and managing to connect the two in a fascinating and “plausible” story that really grips you and draws you in.

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      1. Well, my tastes have changed over the years. I used to be a big Robert Heinlein fan, but now my favorite sci-fi ish books are two trilogies by different authors. C.S. Lewis’s “Space Trilogy”, the first book of which is “Out of the Silent Planet.” And the other is Stephen R. Lawhead’s “Emperion” trilogy that starts with “The Search for Fierra.” But the truth is that I have only scratched the surface of the genre and there are many excellent authors out there. It’s anybody’s guess what would appeal to your interests and tastes the most.

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