of jungle floor
full fathoms below
canopy’s sunlit leaves
lives a land-leviathan
for i saw shield-sized di’mond eyes
aglow in flickers of my death-gript torch
as very air quaked with its bassy hiss
and knew the machete availed of naught
but to pacify vines as gasping
fled i scaly coil and fang pierce
flushing suddenly a boar
to charge the way i’d come
take my place as prey
and save me from
Thanks to Elsie (aka Kiwinana) for her Poetry Prompt Challenge with this week’s word prompts ‘darkness’ and ‘peace’, and for introducing me to Etheree Poetry, which consists of unrhymed lines building one syllable in length from one up to ten, and and Reverse Etheree, being obviously a ten-line down to a one.
Cheers also Bikurgurl for the jungle-theme-inspiring 100 Word Wednesday photo prompt and for the word-count target. My write is I believe 82 words long, falling 18 short. It is to be hoped I’ll do better next time!
Thanks for reading.