The Haunted Forest

Satanic Serenades

I have been here thrice in time

Reposing to a favored twisted tree

Overlooking the city lights

Passing by the ruined gate

At the end of a darkened corner untouched by time...

Deep within bramble and willow

The legend states a haunted place

Abandoned, yet filled with twisted minds' impressions

Within those walls, echoes through mind and mirror

A whisp of the eye...

Travel through the gnarled road

Appearing through mist on the cliff's edge

Sometimes there, sometimes not

Saught by the living and the dead...

We are the phantoms haunting this place

Grim and shadowy forms in the night

Creating the myth, legends in the minds of men

At one with the nightmares come alive...

By the trapezoidal pillar

The Devil's Tree branches forth

With gnarled tendrils into stone

Twisting roots burrow down to Hell

Blackened figures gaze at those who pass

Staring down with gleaming eyes

Perched and seated, primed to strike

Living demons take their lustful prize

Distant voices in the night

From the darkness dismal lights

Formless hands touching cold

The sense of stalking presence olde

Forboding to those who walk The Haunted Forest...

Author's Notes/Comments: 

Based on an actual location in the haunted Pasadena / Altadena hills just beyond "suicide bridge"* on the premisis of 'Cobb Estate'. A unlikely nook reveals the ruins of a black iron gate, seemingly out of place, set in a crumbling wall which leads into the shadowy wilderness beyond. An abandoned asylum {which can be located by following unused rusted train tracks}, and a mansion {said to have been owned by The Marx Brothers} reside therein.

As to be expected of wilderness environments, rumors and urban mythology have developed, granting it a nefarious reputation including ghosts, orbs, being touched by invisible hands, some have claimed to have been tripped, the feeling of being watched and pursued, and the sounds of screaming children have been allegedly heard. The occasional howls of local coyotes also adds to its mysterious allure.

Of the times I have visited, I found quite a pleasant spot underneath a huge and gnarled tree which has grown over some broken cement structure, nearby an erect stone edifice resembling a monolith. From that vantage point, one may overlook the city lights in the distance. It has also been known to be a spot of salacious entertainment.

* "Suicide Bridge": Aesthetically beautiful "old world" architecture, ornamented stone railings, columns and archways, complete with lamp posts emitting eerie sepia lighting. Since December 13th, 1913 c.e., this bridge located as part of 'Route "666"', has been the sight of over 100 documented suicides.  It is claimed that on certain nights, one can sometimes perceive a ghostly couple in the midst of a deadly argument. Other accounts relate that they are dancing together, with a small child holding a stuffed toy nearby. Another tale tells of a ghosty lady walking over the edge of the bridge, and yet another story relates a phantom vehicle plunging over the side.

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