I Have a Scary Story-Poem for You!

tumblr_lzkz1ebt5h1r6o3j4o1_500Howl of coyote, whimper of mouse,
Rustle in the grass near the poison oak.
Do you hear what she hears when you go out?
What’s in the silence between each frog’s croak?

Down by the pond where the creatures come
Ghosts in the air and the water shine.
The moon is new in the summer night
And black like the waters of a witch’s wine.

These are some sample lines from the story-poem I will be telling tonight during Ghost Tales at the Territory Tellers annual storytelling event! The Spirit of Oklahoma Storytelling Festival is in its 7th year at Seminole State College in Seminole. The festival starts this afternoon, June 7, and continues on Saturday, June 8 with a full day of stories and events, such as a silent auction, story swaps, and more.

Superb Choctaw storyteller Tim Tingle, who is an internationally-known storyteller and author, is our headlining teller. He will tell stories at concerts both tonight and Saturday night.

It’s not too late to plan on coming to Seminole. It is a couple of hours from Tulsa, but a nice, easy drive. The college venue is very nice and comfortable. The ghost tales will be outside by the pond in front of the college. Very creepy atmosphere!

For more information, go to the Territory Tellers website. I am the TT webmaster, so I can answer any questions you have about the event. All day Saturday at the festival, I will be creating poems and stories in a minute for your reading and entertainment pleasure. The silent auction is going to have a lot of great stuff in it too, so be sure to come and check that out.

You can come and pay for one event or for the whole festival. The proceeds all go to keeping the festival going and to promoting storytelling in Oklahoma. The Territory Tellers is the state’s only official storytelling group. Please consider becoming a member—it’s for anyone who likes stories . . . and story-poems!

–Shaun Perkins

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