The sound of blood,
It echoed deep,
Stirring her soul
Again to reap.

Chained to darkness
(This pallid thief)
Her silent heart
Now succour seeks.

In fractured dreams,
She hunts the weak.
Exploits desire
To find relief.

Damned incubus
Who stole her seed
Made bastard child
This new half-breed.

Her Cambion’s dreams
Did inward creep
Beneath her psyche
And arouse’d grief.

A mother’s love,
It runs so deep,
To bridge the gap
Twixt wake and sleep

But now she finds
The one begat.
After all this time
He’s finally tracked

To the same damned bed
Her prey did keep.
Now unrequited,
Eternal weeps.

© October 2020. All Rights Reserved.

A poem inspired by the dark image created by @stefankoidl as part of the @savantpoetry challenge in October 2020. The challenge post can be found here.

This poem ranked 2nd place in the October 2020 challenge 🏆

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    About 40 years ago, I discovered role-playing and Dungeons and Dragons in one of the after school clubs. It revealed a universe that allowed me to flex my storytelling muscles and enjoy a mixture of fantasy and sci-fi and feed the escapist dreamer inside.

    Over time, I played (and story-led - marked with *) many systems including Call of Cthulhu*, Shadowrun, Dungeons & Dragons*, Middle Earth, In Nomine*, Bushido, Chivalry & Sorcery, Chill, Warhammer, Warhammer 40k, Gammaworld, Hawkmoon, Stormbringer, Immortals*, Marvel Super Heroes, Paranoia, RuneQuest, Vampire: The Masquerade*, and a couple of systems my own devising (Medieval* and Parody*).

    I explored live-action role-playing – eventually running my own club and creating my own LARP systems (Fools Gold and Dream Conquest) – and usually found myself in script-writing or game-master duty, writing over 500 individual live adventures over the period (usually weekly), many linked into the world events of the fantasy land we created. I also volunteered for Curious Pastimes and Lorien Trust at their main LARP events (special effects at the Ritual Circle), and did a little script work, cameos and improv for Curious Pastimes. I was also the South East's Editor (UK) for the LARP magazine The Adventurer. The biggest event I ran was a 10-month modern-day "murder mystery" LARP set around parts of Kent where characters were "always-on" and could get updates and interactions at any time outside of scheduled events. That was in the 1990s.

    I was also the artistic director for English Heritage for their live Halloween Horrors events at Fort Amherst in Kent from 1998-1999.

    Now, I write as the mood takes me with occasional competitions and challenges, and this year (2020) I will be taking on #NaNoWriMo.

    Here's to the future!