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A Ghostly Tale

A little church with worn old pews
But one is worn in three spots for clues

Its said to be haunted and souls still roam
Stories of forbidden love and broken homes

The souls of those now long past
the imprint of lives that did not last

the stories of those who dwell within
with ghostly tails of lives with sin

for in that church the lust did flow
not only to church did the pastor go

for the story's told he had a love
forbidden by God from up above

but she turned away and told him farewell
this love would surely send them to hell
a heart so broken he could not bare
he took his life in a way unfair

he hung him self from the beam that day
to tell his love who turned away

His loneliness too much to take
he would be gone before she wake

the church bells rang with no one there
as a cry of pain no man could not bare

so to this day the pews are marked
with the imprint of love found there in the dark

If you go to see, there you will find
a pew with three imprints now left behind

For her and her husband sat there for years
While the preacher preached and she shed tears

Those around her thought for the message she wept
But the tears did flow for the bed she slept

He preached, but longed to sit by her side
And hold her close where their love abide

And to this day the imprint of their lives
is forever embedded on that pew of lies.

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  1. Date: 9/21/2012 11:28:00 AM
    Thank you for sharing your writing with us Linda. I enjoyed reading it today. Have a wonderful weekend. Love, Carol