Haunted House

Haunted House short poem

Photo by B.Riordan.

A home full of poltergeists doesn’t sleep.
Lights turn on, off, bulbs blow, glass
Like shrapnel shreds soles until swept up.
But the linoleum stays stained and the stains
Shift and fade to resemble faces, fade again.
Leaving only the memory of those faces
No hint of the damage that made them.
Doors are open. They never move while
Watched. Age-dulled corners seek foreheads
There’s ache in every brow. Shout, slam
Race into the bathroom – there’s no one
Just a cold echo of shock and betrayal.
Clean dishes rotate through the cupboards
Jam the sink, cover every surface, then
Presto they appear clean again. The door
Leading outside is always ajar signalling
There’s a chance to escape if one could
Elude the traps of tangled clothing on the floor,
Walls of once-read paperbacks, ranks
Of red-jacketed soft drink cans marshalling
To assume command of every room with their
Mould and clatter. Coats and shoes breast the tide
Change with the seasons, several styles and sizes
So there must be more than one person wearing
Them or maybe they drowned in the clutter
Of disused cardboard, unopened mail
Or maybe they’re just spirits as assumed
Moving things randomly but unable to change.

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a poet from Seattle Washington USA. His poetry has appeared in print in publications such as Bellowing Ark, Point Nopoint, and most recently in Contraposition magazine. When not writing poetry he is a Human Resources professional, a repentant glutton, and a novelist specializing in the weird-fiction genre.
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