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Sally Carter's Grave

Many years ago when I was a daring youth,
I lived in a town where old legend held great truth. 
Halloween night friends would gather at west graveyard,
it made no difference that the entrance stayed barred.

We would scale the wall in search for her grave,
to prove to others how foolish and brave.
Rumors transcended she was a monstrous ghost,
only revealing to ones she disliked the most.

Relics were chipped from Sally’s aged headstone,
attesting we were in her shrouded burial zone.
During the night she would come to our room,
retrieve the chip and return to her tomb.

Legend had stated, Sally died a fierce demise,
from a deadly disease that stifled agonizing cries.
Her lover saw her fall from atop steep staircase,
she just turned sixteen; frail body draped in white lace.

When the moon was full and close to midnight,
she would float above her grave and then fade from sight.
We ran for our lives through a headstone maze,
to satisfy the oddity of a teenager’s craze.

Now her grave and aged tombstone have been moved,
since family did not want visitors they had not approved.
Sally now lies somewhere in a grave undisclosed,
with her legend and memory fully decomposed.

Copyright © 2011 By Caryl S. Muzzey

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  1. Date: 7/14/2015 4:06:00 PM
    hmmm, I wonder if she still walks about!! this could have won the story contest too. You probably have a ton of good stories!!

    Muzzey Avatar Caryl Muzzey
    Date: 7/14/2015 4:49:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Really don't know Andrea, no one knows where they moved her. I never really visited her grave but some of my friends did and this is what they told me back in late 60's. Too many of them had too much happen to their souvenirs that they took. So I did a search on her and why she died. What I wrote was true to my knowledge. I went to her grave yard but not to the site, too chicken... Thanks for reading. ~Caryl
  1. Date: 5/1/2010 3:53:00 PM
    Nicely written. Good luck in the contest.

  1. Date: 4/19/2010 2:46:00 PM
    You know, I'll bet this is based on a real legend, Caryl. At least, it reads that way and I love it! Awesome poem that gave me the chills. Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 4/19/2010 10:02:00 AM
    It was a pleasure to read your poetry this morning Caryl. Thank you for sharing your writing and the best to you in the contest. Love, Carol