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Lessons Learned

My grandson asked if back when I was young
I had ever done anything naughty or wrong
I said shut the door put on listening ears
And Ill tell you a tale of rank shivering fear
One night at midnight I sneaked from my bed
To a neigr knocker fastened a thread
Old Mrs. Murphy, ninety and living all alone
That she was a witch was really well known
I pulled the string and the knocker did bang
Then over the garden wall lithely I sprang
When the old woman limped to the door
Finding nobody there she ranted and swore
Again and again I pulled that on the thread
As over and over tears of laughter I shed

Then the moon clouded and all turned dark
A cold hand of fear icily fingered my heart
A voice rasped lowly filling me with dread 
‘I’ve got you now and soon you’ll be dead’
I was then dragged to Mrs. Murphy’s door
Feeling more terrified than ever before
The door was opened I was pushed inside
Nowhere I could run nowhere I could hide
There in the kitchen the old woman sat
Black cloak and hair, black teeth and hat
Our neighbour then sat me down on a chair
The witch held me still with malevolent stare
Pointing long sharp nailed finger I felt the spell
As she spoke of hot flames and rotting in hell

I promised to be good and meant it sincerely
I’ve been good ever since, well almost, nearly


(5th in contest,’Childhood memories’ by Crystal Wilkins)

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  1. Date: 12/31/2010 5:20:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win..Sara

  1. Date: 12/30/2010 9:06:00 AM
    =) Congrats on your win my friend! Creative and vivid imagery you have penned! Lay

  1. Date: 12/30/2010 5:41:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win Eamon in Crystal Wilkin's contest. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 12/29/2010 8:50:00 PM
    wonderful tale, congrats on your win in the contest

  1. Date: 12/29/2010 7:45:00 PM
    wow Eamon. Many congratulations for this super win.

  1. Date: 12/29/2010 3:38:00 PM
    Wonderful Eamon, this is a true story - great fun. Happy days as children.

  1. Date: 12/29/2010 1:46:00 PM
    Dear Eamon, warm congratulations on your great win in Crystal's "Childhood Memories" Contest with this delightful read! Blessings, peace,joy and happiness for the coming year! Love, Audrey

  1. Date: 12/29/2010 12:34:00 PM
    Congrats Eamon my friend on another super win in the Childhood Memories contest with this exceptional entry and write luv... enjoy and a Happy New Year with luv from us to u..

  1. Date: 12/27/2010 10:29:00 PM
    wow, what a tale. maybe you were in a nightmare?? And I thought I had the imagination. haha. Good one!

  1. Date: 12/27/2010 1:48:00 PM
    Nice tale of the memories of the past recollected now in tranquility, Eamon