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Village Vampire

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Fred Hobbs
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0 posted 10-29-1999 07:57 PM       View Profile for Fred Hobbs   Email Fred Hobbs   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit Fred Hobbs's Home Page   View IP for Fred Hobbs

Far above the rundown graveyard ‘neath the shiny old church spire
As rising moon turns ancient brass to eerie orange fire
A stealthy figure waits alone, his victim to receive
T’would be the first of many such on this All Hallows Eve

The full moon made his hunger grow, his boldness grew as well
With evil eyes he scanned below and near as he could tell
A man he spied asleep down there against an old tree trunk
He had no way of knowin’ then, t’was Mike the village drunk

With sprouted wings the creature pounced and landed silently
Beside the old inebriate, asleep against the tree
With fangs of yellow, eyes of black and breath of ancient dank
The creature found the old man’s throat, bit him and then drank

The drunk was down a pint or so before the vampire knew
This wasn’t just A-positive, it was a stronger brew
He rocked back on his haunches, his head began to spin
His bloody lips curled back to form an evil vampire grin

“Wake up” he shook the village drunk, “Wake up and tell me how
You happen to have blood like this, you have to tell me now”
Old Mike smiled up through sleepy eyes and gave the beast a wink
“I’ll tell you what you want to know but first buy me a drink”

“A drink is what I had in mind when first I saw you there
A drink it is and then perhaps your secret you will share
What drink do you prefer good sir, some water from the pail?”
“No water please,” Old Mike smiled back, I’d rather drink some ale”

In the pub they call McGinty’s Place they sauntered to the bar
The drunkard with his smilin’ face, the vampire so bizarre
“A tankard of your finest ale,” Mike told the barman Tim
“And when it’s time for payin’ up just give the bill to him”

“One ale it is,” the barman said, “And good sir what for you?”
“A bloody Mary will do fine,” Could be real blood, who knew?
“And so,” the vampire started, “You drink this ale a lot?”
Old Mike lied “Hardly ever sir, my secret this is not”

Mike held a silver flask up high and took a long hard pull
“Tis this that you have tasted sir, of this my blood is full
The vampire grabbed the silver flask and drank the contents down
He shuddered and began to laugh but then began to frown

He rattled and he shook a bit, he hollered and he squirmed
He scrambled round in circles like a puppy bein’ wormed
He grabbed his throat in terror, his skin began to burn
“What poison have you brought me in this lovely silver urn?”

“Why ‘tis only holy water Father Michael gave to me
T’was bringin’ it to widow Rourke, she’s crippled don’t you see
She uses it to pray at home but I can get some more”
By then the dreaded vampire though lay dead upon the floor

The town turned out to celebrate the village vampire’s death
And if you’ve a word of sympathy, you’d best just save your breath
For now at Old McGinty’s Place they serve a strange nightcap
And a keg of Father Michael’s brew they always keep on tap
© Copyright 1999 Fred Hobbs - All Rights Reserved
Balladeer
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1 posted 10-29-1999 08:07 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Hey, Fred! Have I missed you! Welcome back...and in fine style, may I add?
Denise
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2 posted 10-29-1999 08:09 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Wow, Fred, what a wonderful, delightful, entertaining piece! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this! (Perhaps the Irish in me!)

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Denise

Rico
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3 posted 10-29-1999 08:15 PM       View Profile for Rico   Email Rico   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Rico

Very good has the signs of an O'Henry twist at the end that makes this even better!

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Bon Appetite!
Fred Hobbs
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4 posted 10-29-1999 09:01 PM       View Profile for Fred Hobbs   Email Fred Hobbs   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Fred Hobbs's Home Page   View IP for Fred Hobbs

Thanks and Happy Halloween Balladeer, Rico and Denise! I've been away awhile and it's nice to be back.

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Denise
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5 posted 10-30-1999 07:46 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

This one has to come back up top for Halloween!


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Denise

Verma
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6 posted 10-30-1999 08:06 PM       View Profile for Verma   Email Verma   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Verma

Fred - this is great, i really enjoyed the read.
WhtDove
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7 posted 10-31-1999 01:44 PM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove



Was fitting for the holiday to the top
Munda
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8 posted 10-31-1999 05:49 PM       View Profile for Munda   Email Munda   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Munda's Home Page   View IP for Munda

This is great ! I enjoyed it very much.
Seymour Tabin
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9 posted 11-01-1999 08:44 AM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Fred,
I don't know how I missed this one, it was a delight to read as all your work. Nice to see you back.
Watcher666
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10 posted 11-02-1999 05:42 AM       View Profile for Watcher666   Email Watcher666   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Watcher666's Home Page   View IP for Watcher666

Loved this,but the poor vampire!!

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Illusion...what we see and what we do...it's all up to you.
Dark Angel
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11 posted 11-02-1999 06:25 AM       View Profile for Dark Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dark Angel

Fred, this is terrific, enjoyed reading it.

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What comes from the heart goes to the heart.
Samuel Coleridge


 
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