Leshy (The Forest Dweller)

by Daniel   Mar 4, 2019

Ravens croon with
ravenous laughter,
trees cackling
dementedly, boughs
snap under heavy

evening has squandered
its last breath

as the beast trudges
over the
lichenous carpet
of the woods,

an injured, lame and
panting wolf
draped over his naked
shoulders -

the wretched canine,
blood curdling in its mouth
whimpers with each stomp.

In the mossy undergrowth
sits a poor, gaunt hunter,
arrow drawn, towards the
looming beast - stomach
murmuring, paining hunger,
trembling hands - waiting for
the shot


before the man lets loose
his grip, the Leshy plucks
a twig from his beard,
and lays down the wolf
upon the ground,

snaps its neck,
and turns towards the

with a single grunt,
a slow, knowing nod,
he turns and lumbers
back towards the

a boon for the sick
and hungry hunter,
whose children will
eat tonight.


The Leshy trudges
through the undergrowth,
a robin perched,
chattering wildly upon
his head.

Inspired by Leshy, an imposing humanoid guardian of the woodland, who was often seen as a fairy rather than a monster, able to take many different forms. He was mischievous, but a protector of the poor, and animals alike, usually followed by woodland creatures like deer and wolves.


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  • 2 years ago

    by Michael

    I take my poets hat off to you, such a beautifully well told tale, and congratulations on your win fella, M :)

  • 2 years ago

    by Brenda

    Daniel, I really am enjoying this enchanted creatures series you've been doing. Another fascinating write.

    • 2 years ago

      by Daniel

      Thank you! There may be another next week :)

  • 2 years ago

    by Mr. Darcy

    I think I love you. . .

    • 2 years ago

      by Daniel

      Steady on! At least buy me a drink first ;)

  • 2 years ago

    by Maple Tree

    oh be still my nature heart..... wow

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