The Man At The Top Of The Stair

The Man At The Top Of The Stair short poem

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Ghosts hang like pictures from the walls,
traces of words echo these halls.
Sometimes at night, I can hear the staircase creak,
so I cover my head and, to myself, speak.
I tell myself nothing is there, nothing is there,
then I check for the man at the top of the stair.

Of course, he’s always there.

He always arrives just as I try to sleep,
and awake, open eyes he keeps,
and so too he keeps me,
with a barrage of stories
about people and events before my time.

His hand brushes mine as he leaves with the sun
and he always returns when the day is done.
I know not his name, but I know his tale,
for he tells it every single night without fail.
Oh, that man, he is never there,
so why do I know he is at the top of the stair?

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A brilliant evocation of eerie atmosphere., Kudos


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