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It is said that in a withered waste
Stands a tree twisted, rotted, in chain encased.
There it has stood since the world was young,
And of it dark tales are whispered and sung.
For in the tree gapes a great hollow
Which to look upon, all hope it would swallow.

Yet should some fool come with curious mind,
Naught but evil things will he find.
For there in that very lightless slit,
Dwell horrors come up from the unholy Pit.
And meeting them he will give up a terrified yell.
That tree is said to be the very gate to Hell.
Devil Tree
The poem which I wrote to go along with the two-page comic of the same name (seen here ).

Pardon the redundancy of submitting this deviation, but both in an effort to have more of my writing available here on deviantART (which is now long overdue), and realising that some may prefer this stand-alone version of the Devil Tree poem, I thought I might post this as well.

For the original version (which I had produced in college) of both the poem and the comic, this had only been an haiku (as requested for the class). However, over the years, as I progressed in both the disciplines of writing and illustration, I thought it best to give the whole thing a new treatment (I loved the idea too much to abandon it), and this was the result. The 'new' Devil Tree is, of course, longer than the former, however it still carries in it the same ideas (expanded further) that the haiku did. I hope you all enjoy it.

J. M. DeSantis
Writer - Illustrator
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lizander1888 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008
I like your poem, an amazing legend, reminds me the storiews of poe or lovecraft
jmdesantis Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008  Professional General Artist
It's funny you should say that, as Poe and Lovecraft are two of my very favorite writers (though I see you noticed the latter but two minutes later on my painting, The Horror Beyond the Door ).

I'm glad you like the poem, and thank you for the compliment.
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