It's always been claimed that places can be haunted,

uneasiness felt around ancient doors.

Fleeing the skies to settle scores:

undefined figures, strange lights, sounds,

impressions in restless beds

up to those well-rehearsed tricks.


But I met an old man at the dead of day.

He said: perhaps it's us that are haunted,

carrying our burdens to sympathetic rooms,

baring our spirits' woes and wounds

that draws these old adversaries

from dreams in graves and turbulent tombs. 





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Wed 21st Feb 2018 16:42

Thank you for selecting this poem Charlotte - your comment is welcome. I think if you have a compulsion it would be only natural (not supernatural, haha) to follow it up. There are many things unexplained that can be spontaneous and need examining. I'm sure you will follow your dream in this respect as I did. Keep an open mind at all times!!


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Charlotte Thomas-Rowe

Tue 20th Feb 2018 12:00

A riveting poem, with a beautiful flow - I feel compelled to know more about the supernatural. It is a very interesting perspective too!

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Wed 7th Feb 2018 16:10

I'll try to give my simple answers to the raft of great comments herein today !

David, thanks mate. You seem to re-inforce the poem's suggestion as to bringing influences to the table ; I personally think that some people are "receivers" or call them mediumistic in that parlance; others may have an innate sensitivity which acts as a trigger in certain environments. I have had too many weird experiences (apart from using WOL) not to be thus aware . It makes life interesting and also a challenge. The issue of redemption and all that jazz I think is drafted on or shall we say inwardly interpreted from a smorgasbord of issues, some of which are of course are inherited. I think some poems are "contrived" and others are outpourings with lots of shades in between. Not sure where mine lie -but I do like to be in control!!

Thanks Paul. The practice of exorcism seems to be connected with demonology and "evil influences." I have been with clairvoyants who claimed to have sent spirits on from an earthbound limbo attracted by past attachments. This perhaps is in the same vein as you mention, without of course the training and backing of a vast edifice that gives it credibility. As society becomes more materialistic in its methods, so the grip becomes more tenuous of course. Superstitions could give rise to mania and hysteria in the past. Thanks for reflecting on
the last verse. It is, like so much, just an idea.

Thanks Jennifer, so many stories out there! My brother camped in Glencoe, and swore that he heard massed bagpipes as he drifted off, It spooked him out. What he ate I canna say! Thanks for sharing that. Talking of Italy, actually Venice, check out Don't Look Now.!

Many thanks additionally for liking this,David, Ruby and Psylentskog.

Suki, fascinating thoughts indeed. We are mainly composed of chemicals and electricity I suppose and are we just terminals? wow! Quantum physics may yet reveal what you suggest.

Thanks Hannah. I know what you mean. Children seem to much more open to the unexplained, perhaps because parents have not had yet time to do it for them.

Also thanks Ray for trying to step up to the plate.

Ray Luv to all.

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Tue 6th Feb 2018 21:38

Sorry peeps, bit delayed, rushed off my old pins with poetry readings and a music concert back to back. God it was hell in there! I'll come back to this re your valued comments tomorrow (Wednesday), as it needs a clear mind , cheers!


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suki spangles

Sun 4th Feb 2018 11:51

Watcha Ray,

Perhaps we are ghosts in another's dimension? Who knows?
It could be that there are other life-forms usually outside our visual spectrum that occasionally become visible. If human consciousness exists outside of us as well as within, perhaps a remnant of that consciousness remains behind sometimes after we have "passed over".

Lovely poem. You certainly got us thinking..


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Hannah Collins

Sat 3rd Feb 2018 21:29

We lived in a house once with a kitchen you thought twice about going into !
I love this poem, spooky but not too scary.
Thought provoking.


jennifer Malden

Sat 3rd Feb 2018 16:57

Hi Ray!
Loved restless souls! Agree absolutely that 'it's us that are haunted'. Often if those left behind have a guilty conscience about something .......! Many people have unexplainable experiences though. I went to visit a war cemetery here, on the way to visit a son in hospital. There were a great many Ghurkhas, - the only mountain troops the allies had, and I felt sorry for them so far from home. Then, I found my son with a book open on his bed, where there was one word written in capitals, so that I just couldn't miss it. It was 'namasthe', the Hindu 'hello'. Too much of a coincidence"! Also I'm Scottish, and Scotland is full of ghosts.In Italy they see Madonnas, we see ghosts! All the best, Jennifer

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keith jeffries

Sat 3rd Feb 2018 09:57


I find your poem intriguing as also is David´s response to it. The presence of kinetic energy and the activity of poltergeists have been studied at some length by those interested in the paranormal and the Church´s Ministry of Deliverance. (exorcism). I have had personal experience of such activity which cannot be excused or ignored. One example comes to mind of a building occupied by several elderly people which experienced objects being moved involuntarily, damp patches and cold areas in certain parts of a room, a lift which operated itself during the night and residents who experienced physical trauma in their rooms. On investigation it was discovered that there had been two deaths in the building, one of which had been a suicide and the other a death where the deceased had left an item of hate mail for his family. An act of exorcism ensued which completely cleared the situation. Therefore I can only conclude that there exists, what Ray has written in his final stanza, to be true.

I believe in things seen and unseen and do so with a very open mind.

Thank you both

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