The Claw

A country stroll
Turns into a nightmare
When you discover that the public pathway
Is not all it seems.
That solid looking earth
beneath your feet
without warning.
You fall
into the foul smelling underground
of a long lost mine shaft.
You scream
Your mouth forming a terrified O
Your fingers clawing the edge
of the hole
as the thick wet mud creeps
under your fingernails.
You frantically grab any tussock
to stop you falling
under the earth’s

Odd, the things you find on a countryside walk…

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #71 | Creepy


  1. restlessjo says:

    You had me scared witless there! I’ll think twice about coming on a countryside walk with you! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Great bit of poesie!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Hahaha.. Glad you like it Jo, it’s quite safe really as long as you avoid the fields with the bulls. (and the mine shafts…) πŸ˜…

  2. BeckyB says:

    Hope you helped them clamber out!!

    1. Heyjude says:

      What? And risk falling down myself?

      1. BeckyB says:

        But what a great second verse it would make!

  3. Suzanne says:

    Haha, just your typical English countryside walker πŸ˜‰

  4. Sue says:

    So very Cornish, then, Jude? Great bit of wordsmithery, you should do more…. 😊😊

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Sue. You never know what you might come across in the country 😁

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  5. Leya says:

    Gosh…you scared me! How creepy to see that hand coming up first…And your poetry perfect for the creepy feeling to sink in. I don’t know if I would dare coming along with you for a walk…

    1. Heyjude says:

      The hand was certainly scary. Glad you liked the post A-C, I only saw this at the weekend so perfect for the challenge.

      1. Leya says:

        Ha, lucky us. Perfect timing!

  6. bushboy says:

    Fabulous πŸ™‚

  7. Tish Farrell says:

    Great post, Jude. Deeply creepy in words and pix.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Tish, not the usual thing I see in the hedgerows!

  8. pommepal says:

    So scary and super creepy. You nailed this challenge Jude

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks PP 😊

  9. Joanne Sisco says:

    I wondered where this was going. Well done!! What a bizarre find πŸ˜†

    1. Heyjude says:

      Perfectly timed as I only saw this at the weekend!

  10. beetleypete says:

    Well done, Jude. Perfect for the challenge. You should re-post this next year, for Halloween! πŸ™‚
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Pete, a weird sculpture indeed!

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