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The Old Ash Tree

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Sep 13, 2011 | 10:12 PM EDT

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This one is best with your volume up. The words to the narration are below:

My dear father died in a faraway war
Left Mother and I quite without hope
We used our last pennies to leave our fine city
And away to a house on a farm.
And on this farm, on the thorniest edge
Stood an ash tree as old as the earth
With branches so gnarled and twisted and black
That my every bone cried out to climb
"But no! Oh no!" said our funny old neighbor
Wringing her hands like two rags
"Don't you go near it, young Miss Eliza
For her roots are bad all the way down."
I thought it silly but did as she told
Until Mother went missing one eve
So sad had she been that I feared the worst
And went down to the old ash tree
And now here I stand but here there is nothing
Naught but a flowering weed
But the breeze, I could swear, carries upon it
The scent of my mother's perfume
Yes, the wind, I declare, does carry upon it
The scent of my mother's perfume



Rated 4 / 5 stars

Not bad

The animation was clean and the music was a little spooky with the nursery rhythm to it. However, I believe the whispering poetry was a little much. The poem itself wasn't bad, but why the whisper?

Still, I give this 8 stars.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Root of Excellence

I have loved this authors work for quite some time now and as each new submission comes into Newgrounds it seems the wonders never cease. As usual the story is frightfully cryptic and left me leaning in on the edge of my seat with the whisper of the voice leaving me with that sweet old sense of despair to come. The visuals were excellent and nearly warped and rusty yet bright with its black and white form which added to the frighting rising mood all the way to the end. The Story short as it was it was interesting and so entertaining I could watch it multiple times the concept made up for the factor of timing in my opinion. I always look forward to more submission especially since Halloween is around the corner so in closing 5 out of 5 and 10 out of 10, I loved this, Great job!