Robert Haigh

Twelve Chimes of Midnight

The twelve chimes of midnight

Strike fear down every street.

'Tis then the headless warrior

Begins his dreaded beat.


With broadsword at the ready,

He strides around the town,

Searching for a victim,

To hunt and hack them down!


He has no eyes or ears,

Because he has no head!

But he can sense all movement;

Get too close and you're dead!


He comes from the old graveyard

At midnight, on the dot.

And he will keep on coming

Until a head he's got!


He caught a drunken reveller,

And sliced his neck clean through!

But then he threw the head away;

He knew it would not do!


He's after finer stock,

And so his quest goes on.

Now it's nearly midnight  

I think I'd best be gone!




  • Teddy.15

    I'm chuckling here, just to see that headless warrior wearing your head, lol šŸ¤£ a wonderful poetry treat dear Robert, I can see the entire scene lol a very spooky atmosphere dear friend. šŸ‘¹

    • Robert Haigh

      Thank you, Teddy. I think "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" had an influence on this poem!

    • Maxine Smith

      A very pleasant read, left me with a smile.

      Nicely done

      • Robert Haigh

        Thank you, Maxine. Glad you enjoyed the read.

      • Lorna

        Thanks for that! Now it feels like Halloween is on its way......

        • Robert Haigh

          Yes, it is just around the corner! Thanks for reading and commenting.

        • Munro

          This could be a movie script , Iā€™m getting scared by word visuals

          • Robert Haigh

            Thank you, sir. I appreciate the visit, and your comment.

          • orchidee

            That sounds like a bad hair day - if he had a head!

            • Robert Haigh

              Don't lose your head, Orchi. Mine's glued on - nothing much in it, but it's firmly glued on! He-he! Have a great day now!

            • orchidee

              Oohh, summat went wrong with text of my first comment - spooky!
              As I was gonna say - I shall arrange for Big Ben to strike 13 - that'll spook 'em! lol.

              • Robert Haigh

                Funny you should say that, Orchi. An old legend says that Leeds Town Hall Clock sometimes strikes 13, and when it does the whole of Leeds stands still for a few minutes and the stone lions around the Town Hall get up and walk through the town. I don't think they eat anybody, but who knows?

              • Neville

                Is it that time already sir ... oooh err .. I know I may come across as a spoilsport, but I am not a great fan of Halloween, it gives me the shivers .. I used to much prefer playing doctors and nurses until I got into trouble for sawing some kids head off .................Spooky eh..
                and on that note I'm gonna give ya 12/10 .............................. N šŸ™‚

                • Robert Haigh

                  I'm not a great Halloween fan either, Nev, truth be told. But it comes around and we can't stop it! Thanks for the entertaining comment!

                  • Neville

                    what entertaining comment .. its the truth I mate ..................................... šŸ™‚

                  • 3 more comments

                  • Paul Bell

                    That must be the ultimate horror, a headless warrior coming towards you. By the time you've taken a second take, you've lost your head.

                    • Robert Haigh

                      Yes, I guess so, Paul. Keep your head in difficult situations, or you might end up, er, losing your head! Thanks for the comment.

                    • Fay Slimm.

                      Whhoooo - big chuckles ar your excellent but scary ghost-tale Robert. - Can just imagine that headless wraithe appearing with notions to get ahead. Ha

                      • Robert Haigh

                        How to get ahead in life, eh, Fay! Luckily I saw him coming, so I headed for home! Thanks for reading, and for commenting.

                      • aDarkerMind

                        good one Robert;
                        will now spend the next few nights sleeping with one open!

                        • Robert Haigh

                          A wise precaution, DM! Thanks for reading and commenting.

                        • Jeremy Leach

                          It effortlessly told a story and made me smile. Nice choice of words !

                          • Robert Haigh

                            Thank you, Jeremy. Much appreciated.

                          • Goldfinch60

                            You know me then Robert.šŸ‘¹šŸ˜ˆ.

                            Fine write.


                            • Robert Haigh

                              Ha-ha! Thanks Andy. Have a great day!

                            • James Alexander

                              Much appreciate your fine tales. Your story telling ability is admirable. Looking forward to reading many more.

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