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A Ghostly Encounter

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A Ghostly Encounter

One night about 25 years ago
I was sat in my car at Cothelstone
Dx-ing on my CB radio in the wee hours
when my two dogs started to growl
every hair on their bodies on end
a most putrid smell entered my car
I heard the sound of hoofs churning
knowing it must be the headless horseman
I kept my eyes down as 't is said death comes
to those who look Thor in the eyes.

I was unwilling to drive away
as earlier I had erected an antenna
outside of the car fixed to a tree
the smell was almost over powering
and I  could feel its gaze upon me
it felt as if Thor was willing me to look
my dogs were whimpering then howling
no way was I raising my eyes oh no!!
'T was but an hour or so till dawn
slowly the smell faded and my dogs calmed down

As soon as it was light enough 
I let them out and got the antenna down
vowing never again to spend a night here
thoroughly spooked by this experience
I looked around and saw churned ground
with clear hoof prints as the horse had
milled around my car, calling back my dogs
who gladly jumped in, we drove off
I have returned since but only in daylight




DX-ing long distance radio contacts
this is a true story there are many tales   of Thor the headless horseman who rides the 
hills from East Quantockhead through Shervage Wood past Will's Neck through 
Cothelstone to the Quantock edge and back all agree if you look into his eyes within 
a few weeks you will be pushing up the daisy's. All I can say is I have seldom been so terrified

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  1. Date: 2/27/2014 2:14:00 PM
    wow, just loved this one - I read it twice. What an experience for you - scary but how exciting too

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 2/27/2014 2:42:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    in retrospect it was exciting but not at the time lol my blood ran cold glad you enjoyed it Jack hugs
  1. Date: 2/27/2014 5:53:00 AM
    An eerie experiece for sure...It is good to be home in one's own bed at night..Thanks for dropping by to let me know that I placed in your contest..I am honored to be in the list..Thanks for the challenge..Sara

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 2/27/2014 8:07:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    lol indeed Sara I love high places at night you can see so far on a clear moonlit night but now keep away from spooky places your poem was a great entry you deserved a place hugs
  1. Date: 2/27/2014 3:31:00 AM
    Very eerie...I would not like to have such an experience.

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 2/27/2014 4:39:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    ops wrong place M.L ty it was terrifying hugs
    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 2/27/2014 4:37:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    hi David I moved on to Ham radio so can work the world now from comfort of my chair lol I went to many high spots but that was the only time I experienced an other worldly experience ty hugs
  1. Date: 2/26/2014 10:30:00 PM
    Thank you for this wonderful poem to read--twice, and recall my own days of DX-ing, back before cellular, when the world seemed so large.

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 2/27/2014 4:38:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    hi David I moved on to Ham radio so can work the world now from comfort of my chair lol I went to many high spots but that was the only time I experienced an other worldly experience ty hugs
  1. Date: 2/26/2014 7:21:00 PM
    OooooH, how eerie, but what an experience, you certainly have something to tell your grandchildren, also you are a good storyteller, great write Shadow....Vera.

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 2/27/2014 4:42:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    ty so much Vera lovely to hear from you hugs
  1. Date: 2/26/2014 4:17:00 PM
    WOW! This was some expirejce. I do believe you. I myself have been through some expirences. I ight write something about it later. Thanks for sharing... Lucilla

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 2/27/2014 4:43:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    good idea Lucilla I await it with great interest ty so much hugs
  1. Date: 2/26/2014 8:39:00 AM
    Good morning Shadow.

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 2/27/2014 4:40:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    hi Rick sorry for late reply have been very busy hugs
  1. Date: 2/26/2014 1:34:00 AM
    oh my GOSH, you actually sat there and smelled that and heard the dogs and felt that awful presence. Unbelievable, Shadow. and you really told this well. One of your best posts!

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 2/26/2014 6:59:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    ty Andrea an experience I would not wish on anyone hugs
  1. Date: 2/25/2014 9:52:00 PM
    A wise man once told me that if a ghost comes at you to walk straight through him and he will disappear. I believe that these energies exist, but they are merely energy, and it is the fear that does the damage....This is what I think, anyway. Loved your poem my friend

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 2/26/2014 6:58:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    ty Peter I agree most times but this was very different as a faith healer I have seen and experienced much including ghostly visits of old friends such evil in the air that night it really shook me hugs
  1. Date: 2/25/2014 9:05:00 PM
    Very well written, excellent imagery... what an experience it must have been!! I am terrified of such things!

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 2/26/2014 6:55:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I can accept most ghostly experiences without qualm but this was very different such a feel of evil intent ty hugs
  1. Date: 2/25/2014 11:00:00 AM
    - Wooow .... what an experience Shadow ..... really well told! - Take care of yourself! - oxox // Anne-Lise :)

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 2/26/2014 6:53:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    ty Anne Lise trust you are well hugs
  1. Date: 2/25/2014 10:29:00 AM
    Could this be thriller night? Is it really true that dogs can see ghosts? I had heard this before,with this I want to believe.A good work Shadow,thank God for your life.

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 2/26/2014 6:53:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    yes animals are very sensitive they always know Kayod5 hugs
  1. Date: 2/25/2014 9:51:00 AM
    Scarey! I'm glad you did not look up.

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 2/26/2014 6:50:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    lol ty Rick hugs
  1. Date: 2/25/2014 8:59:00 AM
    you made me bite my nails with this macabre write, shadow.. strong imagery and great narative!.. pen on.. huggs!

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 2/26/2014 6:50:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    ty Nette hugs
  1. Date: 2/25/2014 7:41:00 AM
    This is such an exquisite tale of the headless horseman still making his rounds! I don't think I could handle such an encounter, I would be to freaked out to function at all! I am so glad you survived this meeting, it must have been so awfully scary! I surely loved reading this enlightening poem here this morning! What a brilliantly told story...made scarier knowing that it's a true story! Great Work!!

  1. Date: 2/25/2014 7:29:00 AM
    What a terrifying yet delightful story told in a mesmerizing way! Who would be brave enough to withstand the presence of such an entity without protection from the Beyond? Beautifully done thank you Shadow you are truly the light!