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Ghost in the night

Updated on October 29, 2015
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Pagan Poetry is a specialty of mine - I have a website called TheGypsyThread with more of my work.

The icy winds howled through the night

A draft extinguished all but one light

That single candle was my only guide

As I dared for a moment to gaze outside

The branches strewn across the darkened hollow

The wind swirled the leaves, I fearfully swallowed

My sight fixed on the wood line below

A glimpse of wispy white, pure like the snow

It floated I swear, not touching the ground

Passing through trees, not making a sound

Its pathway became clear as it grew in my sight

My hovel, and me, as I fell into fright

To hide like a coward would do little good

For this specter could easily move through the wood

So I gathered my courage and stood very stout

I shivered inside almost making a shout

As the time slowly passed I shuddered with fear

I knew now that my demise would soon appear

Transparent it looked, I was amazed

Laughing aloud, now feeling crazed

Insanity must be right at my door

For a ghost it was, I was certainly sure

As I spun in my head with a wobbly rage

Wishing for something, some way to be saved

At my door it now stood and I heard a loud boom

In moments I knew it would enter my room

Stiff in my steps, I understood my chore

Moving like lead I walked to the door

Turning the knob I stared at the sight

And the realization hit me like a thief in the night

Twas no spirt from below to take me to meet

The sound was so clear, the voice so neat

My neighbor’s kid dressed up in a sheet

Holding a bag and yelling “trick or treat”


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    Ann Carr 

    4 years ago from SW England

    Great poem! Well told; it had me going, though I suspected some alternative root of the problem.


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    5 years ago from london

    Very nice poem and great ending. Cool.

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    Ralph Schwartz 

    5 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    Annasmom & GRL - Thanks for reading - I had a great time writing this.

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    Gypsy Rose Lee 

    5 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

    An absolutely wonderful and delightful poem.

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    5 years ago

    Had me going! very fun!

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    Ralph Schwartz 

    5 years ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    Inspired somewhat by the Raven from the great one E. A. Poe

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    Doris James MizBejabbers 

    5 years ago from Beautiful South

    Such a fun poem, RJ, and it does have a similar rhythm to "Night Before Christmas." I can just see you cringing at the door knob. I hope you don't encounter any more of those horrible "goblins".

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    Dana Tate 

    5 years ago from LOS ANGELES

    This was too cute! And, so perfect for Halloween.

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    John Hansen 

    5 years ago from Queensland Australia

    I love this RJ, my type of jolly rhyming poem..reminiscent of "Night Before Christmas" and perfect for Halloween. Loved the ending too. Also reminds me of my own poem "The House on the Hill" which I turned into a hub for Halloween last year. Well done. Thanks for sharing.


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