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2001 Poem Poetry Road Trip

I’m Not From Around Here | A Poem

Driving fast down sun-baked country roads

Countless tiny towns are silhouettes in my dust

I dare not stop for fear of the unknown

I have this little suspicion they don’t like my kind

The kind different from them

The kind not of their own

It’s not that I blame them, really

It’s not their fault that they’re wrong

My destination is clear

No place in particular

Just enjoy the scenic route

Before night claims the scenery

There’s a fork in my roads of chance

My front tire takes the brunt of it

I pull over to the soft shoulder

My good luck having failed me

Rear view mirror, another driver is nearing

A big red pickup, a good ol’ boy pulls next to me

Sweat beading on my brow now, I’m unsure of his intention

I ease out of the car, though I’m thankful for his attention

“You’re not from around here,” he says,

I think he’s a fast learner

I say, “No, I’m from the city,”

Not that it’s a real stunner

“Let me give you a hand with that,”

He says, so willing to help me

I say, “I reckon I’d appreciate it”

You just never know how nice some folks can be.


Written: May 25, 2001. Revised: December 9, 2009 & March 14, 2015.

Copyright © 2001-2016 by Brandon L. Rucker. All Rights Reserved.

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2009 horror Poem Poetry

Dream a Little Scream of Me | A Poem

Dream a little dream of me

When you sleep

I will creep

On your fears and superstitions

While you pray

I will play

I’m the lurker in your closet

Boogeyman

Yes I can

Make you fear what lay in shadows

Scaredy cat

Insomniac

I’m the ghoul beneath your bed

I breed fright

When there’s no light

Fill you up with dread and doubt

Am I a lie

You decide

I’m the monster in your nightmares

Sending thrills

That give you chills

Just dream a big ol’ scream for me

Then face the fears

That you hold dear


Written: December 15, 2009. My first and preferred title was “Dream of Me, Scream for Me”. This poem originally featured in Dreams and Screams, a print anthology published by Liquid Imagination Magazine in August 2010.

Copyright © 2010-2016 by Brandon L. Rucker. All Rights Reserved.

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2009 Dark Fantasy Poem Poetry

Succubus | A Poem

As the moon peers periodically
Between smoke-gray clouds set
Against the canvas of the night sky
She comes to me with love
And a hunger that weakens her
I lament that I can offer
No remedy to that which ails

Ours is a love forbidden
By the laws of nature
If not the laws of man
Spawned by an infernal sire
Her skin burns from a fire within
And matches the blaze of passion
We hold fast to one another

We embrace as lovers do
And fall victim to our lust
Which knows no bounds
And it is during our coupling
That I witness her raw power
That magical charm, that piercing gaze
She beguiles me and I wilt

How did it come to be
That this creature
Borne of man and demon alike
Had chosen to love me
A mere mortal woman
Who has not the power
To sustain her


Note: The theme here deviates from tradition, instead has a succubus choosing a same-sex mate.

Written on December 16, 2009. Originally featured in Static Movement Special No. 2a print anthology published by Liquid Imagination Publishing in 2010. This re-published edition exists for electronic access and online archiving, and is intended for reading and reviewing purposes only — any other unauthorized use or dissemination is strictly prohibited.

© 2009-2016 by Brandon L. Rucker. All Rights Reserved.

Demoness Girl image by Nochiel (Olga Obernikhina) and is Copyright © 2012-2016.

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2009 Poem Poetry Supernatural

Mare of the Night | A Poem

From the Nether

She stands tall

A specter of a horse

Infernal beast

Bathed in flame

From the fiery depths

On thunderous hooves

Her gallop is fierce

Black as coal

And lightning swift

She soars in wingless flight

Through the indigo sky

Her eyes are a beacon

Aglow like burning embers

Every mortal’s nightmare

A demon steed

A harbinger of fate

She brings only certain doom


Written on December 15, 2009. Originally featured in Static Movement Special No. 2a print anthology published in 2010 by Liquid Imagination Publishing, edited by Chris Bartholomew. This re-published edition exists for electronic access and online archiving, and is intended for reading and reviewing purposes only — any other unauthorized use or dissemination is strictly prohibited.

© 2009-2016 by Brandon L. Rucker. All Rights Reserved.

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