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Next month we have Halloween so I thought this would make a good early posting.

I'm soaking in a nice hot bath,
Ridding myself of the day's aftermath.
Then it begins, a dripping noise,
This house can play tricks like bad little boys.

It seems to be coming from inside the wall,
But it's been checked before and there's no one to call.
Bath all done and I'm ready for bed,
Wearily down the staircase I tread.

To sit by the fire in the living room,
And sip hot tea alone in the gloom.
I hear the staircase begin to creak.
I look up, startled but do not speak.

I go to look up the empty stairwell.
Where the noise came from I cannot tell.
I hear it again, tap, tap, tap,
As though someone is stepping, pat, pat, pat.

I look down the hall and back up the stairs,
But find not a thing, there's just no one there.
The house is empty, I'm here all alone.
Even my cat of late won't come home.

During the day not a sound, not a peep,
But let the sun set and the house moans and creaks.
Well I've come this far and I'm still alright.
I don't think there's call to shake with fright.

Things should be quiet as a mouse,
Were I really alone in this house.
I've not been approached, accosted or harmed,
So I don't think there's any cause for alarm.

I've noticed at times when I have a guest,
The ghost is quiet, it's manners the best.
Perhaps it's just the house, perhaps it's a ghost.
Whichever, whatever, to one I am host;

But it's all over now and I'm through with fright.
I've decided some things just go bump in the night.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2019




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Date: 9/17/2019 7:05:00 PM
Hello Judy … a delightful poem Judy, and a great little tale. Life's unfound mysteries can keep us amused - thanks Judy - Lindsay
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Date: 9/15/2019 11:01:00 AM
Enjoyed your poem, Judy, it had my attention from beginning to end. Perhaps some loud music would get rid of the sounds of the night. All the best. John
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Judy Ball
Date: 9/15/2019 11:47:00 AM
Thanks so much John. Glad you liked it. God Bless, JB
Date: 9/15/2019 9:13:00 AM
So nice to see you back.. great poem for halloween..
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Judy Ball
Date: 9/15/2019 10:12:00 AM
Thank you so much Silent One. My health has been a little off. I'm doing better though. Thanks bunches for caring and for stopping by. Glad you like it. God Bless, JB
Date: 9/15/2019 9:02:00 AM
A ghost with manners!...I enjoyed the read...
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Date: 9/15/2019 8:27:00 AM
Great eerie poem, Judy! I was raised in an old house that creaked every night that that stretched before bed time.
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Date: 9/15/2019 8:28:00 AM
AND STRETCHED BEFORE BED TIME.
Date: 9/15/2019 6:26:00 AM
- Something inexplicable or supernatural ... eerie things: the sound of steps up the empty staircase ... all people can experience ghosts or other unpleasantness ... both scary and exciting, Judy :) - A great poem - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Judy Ball
Date: 9/15/2019 9:04:00 AM
Thank so much my friend. God Bless, JB
Date: 9/14/2019 3:29:00 PM
You had me spellbound till the end...glad it is just the bump in the night. Yes, indeed-- houses make all kinds of noises, and you hear them especially when alone.
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Judy Ball
Date: 9/14/2019 4:31:00 PM
That's for sure my friend, especially old houses. Thanks so much for stopping by. God Bless, JB
Date: 9/14/2019 1:53:00 PM
Judy, it can feel creepy when you're alone at home and start hearing noises. Wood-frame homes seem to creak more than those made of stone like the one I'm in now. Your narrative poem drew me in immediately and certainly held my attention. Very well composed! Hugs, carolyn
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Judy Ball
Date: 9/14/2019 4:40:00 PM
Thanks so much Carolyn. Glad you like it. God Bless, JB
Date: 9/14/2019 1:36:00 PM
Loved your story. I do sometimes see shadows, but try not to care.
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Judy Ball
Date: 9/14/2019 6:19:00 PM
Thanks so much Victor. Glad you like it. God Bless, JB
Date: 9/14/2019 1:15:00 PM
nicely penned, sometimes when we are alone at night, imaginations can get the best of us, other times, it could be something more...a hungry mouse within he walls, or a spirit coming to call...good poem :)
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Judy Ball
Date: 9/14/2019 6:25:00 PM
Thanks so much Sandra. Glad you like it. God Bless, JB
Date: 9/14/2019 1:08:00 PM
You had me glued...nice writing style too
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Judy Ball
Date: 9/14/2019 1:34:00 PM
Thank you so much Arturo. Glad you liked it. God Bless, JB