Simply Haunting

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic

Not the skim through type

The darkness is haunting;

Dark like a back alley or things in basements.

The echoing sounds are daunting-

Like an old man that can run fast with sharp teeth...

That sounds scary to me.

Taunting are the trips up the staircase,

A sad song found too late;

A stuttering lunatic that seems to have a lot to say.

The imaginary hands that grip your arms is assaulting-

And the nothing there is morphing into all that you fear:

The recipe of your tears.

The waiting and aging is deforming all of your face-

into permanent lines of fright and confusion;

Just to show you never won the rat race.

You don't believe in myths but the sandman still puts you to sleep;

To him your an ignorant dreamer...

Maybe that's why you have bad dreams.

You know,

Demons are only funny in scary movies

And lovely in horror poems,

But in real life they'll eat you like bread,

And they'll wait until your moldy,

Because it makes them happy to snack on contaminated bodies.

Face your demons-

Don't let them plant seeds in your mind that tell you your already dead.

Remember that old man?

Don't let him sink those teeth in.

Tell him to "Sit."

If he's a dog he'll be treated like one.

And that lunatic- Tell him to calm down,

And actually listen to him.

Help other people face their demons,

That is the first step.

Submitted: May 26, 2015

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Mr Watson

Hi Unmasked sorry about the late read, been away on holiday.
A truly great piece, the fear, the fright, having to go upstairs as a child and knowing there was nothing there but still being scared stiff, I think we all have our fears and demons to face, yet some can deal with them better than others.

Fri, May 29th, 2015 6:59pm


Oh it's okay; I hope you had a good vacation. Thanks for your input- I know I should leave you with something to think about but when you comment you always leave me with something to think about-I always like your quotes of wisdom :-)

Fri, May 29th, 2015 1:13pm

Chris Green

This one is brilliant, unmasked. I don't know why but it reminded me of A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall by Bob Dylan where every line is a first line. He says he wrote it that way because it was at the time of the Cuban missile crisis and he thought that he may not have the chance to write another song as we were all going to be blown to smithereens. Anyway the point I'm trying to make here is that there are so many good lines here; each one might be the feature line, the imagery is superb. Really one out of your top drawer.

Sat, May 30th, 2015 8:02am


Thanks so much, I'm thankful for your comments- you really make me think about what I wrote and the value in it. I took a look at those songs lyrics, I'm so glad you pointed that out;it was interesting of you to do that, the song was cool too.

Sat, May 30th, 2015 8:38am

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