Somewhere Called Echo Lake

A poem
by Natalie Crick
 
Somewhere Called Echo Lake – Part 1
 
A man shoots with a gun.
On a mission from God
Starting his own religion.
He could do anything now.
 
At Echo Lake
The flowers bled and died
Where she first stumbled, fell down
And cried.
 
Dizzy in the darkness,
Where he led her into a grove of trees.
And gunfire rang out
Like a terrible death bell.
 
There were no lights on the road.
Moonlight shone onto Echo Lake
Like something else.
A place from where no one else has ever come back.
 
Somewhere Called Echo Lake – Part 2
 
He drove like a thing without mind.
Vacant, disorientated.
The moon shone down full of pain.
He shot her till it hurt like hell.
 
He dragged her into the disused factory
Where he lived off the land, all those years ago,
In the old farm buildings
And the sun set blood red on the horizon.
 
There was no one down there at all
During summer months
And his soul turned
Black as funeral song.
 
Rain fell down
At somewhere called Echo Lake.
One shining star is falling.
Her ghost is calling.
 
Back on the beach that day,
An old ship lay broken and charred
As a lightening fork,
The waves hungry and grey,
 
Roaring in thick fog and wet winds.
I need to speak with you about something.
Something.
Something.
 
And all at once,
He was ravaged by racking sobs.
Before, before, before.
A place, a time that had gone forever.
 
The last thing he remembered was
The stink of her blood
And the moon reflected in her eyes at
Somewhere called Echo Lake.
 
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Natalie Crick has found delight in writing all of her life and first began writing when she was a very young girl. Her poetry is influenced by melancholic confessional Women’s poetry. Her poetry has been published in a range of journals and magazines including Cannons Mouth, Cyphers, Ariadne’s Thread, Carillon and National Poetry Anthology 2013.
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Scott Thomas Outlar hosts the site 17Numa.wordpress.com where links to his published poetry, fiction, essays, interviews, reviews, and books can be found. He is a Best of the Net and three-time Pushcart Prize nominee. Scott's poetry books include: Songs of a Dissident (Transcendent Zero Press, 2015), Chaos Songs (Weasel Press, 2016), Happy Hour Hallelujah (CTU Publishing, 2016), and Poison in Paradise (Alien Buddha Press, 2017). Scott is a member of The Southern Collective Experience; he also serves as an editor for Walking Is Still Honest Press, The Blue Mountain Review, The Peregrine Muse, and Novelmasters.

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