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The Ghost That Travels Far

There comes without a warning,
one in hooded mantle grey,
with silent footfall treading. . . 
treading nightfall into day.
An eerie mist - mysterious -
he haunts the valley floor.
He surges on through deep of night
and rolls along the shore.

And through the forest - 
pressing on -
he wraps his cloak round trees.
The wanderers in empty woods
will feel much less at ease.

Then along a wall he creeps,
or climbs a city stair.
In seconds, traffic crawls with him.
Pedestrians, take care!
For those on foot within the fringe
of Phantom’s murky cape
will sense a chill -
the apparition’s breath upon their nape.

I wonder what this specter seeks;
what answer that he needs. . .
impelling him 
                 to travel far
                         before his gloom recedes.

Previously For Thvia Shetley's 
"Clever Analogies if you please!"

Copyright © | Year Posted 2010

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Date: 4/15/2018 5:39:00 PM
Lovely, Andrea.
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Date: 11/20/2014 10:33:00 AM
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Date: 7/25/2013 6:56:00 PM
I am just going to have to go with SKAT's observation... "you rock".... Congratulations again on another winner ..Well done :)
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Date: 7/25/2013 2:17:00 PM
you rock Andrea .... congrats *****SKAT
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Date: 7/25/2013 10:43:00 AM
Clever analogy indeed this, great mystery !! Congratulations!!
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Date: 7/24/2013 8:54:00 PM
Hello Andrea, i remember this one from way back then... lol, i was still one of the new kids on the block... haha, i wonder why many poets entered ghostly poems. ????? Congratulations in my contest. :-) Epic, it is. <3 always & forever <3 ''LINDA
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Date: 5/30/2012 10:31:00 AM
Oh this just gets better and better, there are poems and poems, and then some classics, this is the latter, what i love about you is, one never knows what's next
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Date: 12/19/2010 1:36:00 PM
OK I definitely don't get analogy!!! grrr to me, I'm fav's this write BUT Andie please school me? I thought you got 2 things which were different and showed their similarity? Congrad's Light & Love
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Date: 12/12/2010 5:48:00 PM
Congratulations on your win...Sara
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Date: 12/1/2010 11:20:00 AM
wonderful extended metaphor...i love this type of stuff...congratulations on a well prepared piece of work.....well deserved win
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Date: 12/1/2010 8:32:00 AM
Wonderful as always!! Congratulations Andrea!!
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Date: 12/1/2010 6:50:00 AM
So nice to see this poem get the recognition it deserves, Andrea. Congratulations on your top win! Love, Carolyn
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Date: 12/1/2010 6:22:00 AM
Such wondeful analogies Andrea. Many congratulations for this yop notch.
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Date: 12/1/2010 5:37:00 AM
congrads on your big win in the contest. john
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Date: 12/1/2010 4:57:00 AM
Congratulations on your well deserved win Andrea in Thvia's contest. Love, Carol
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Date: 11/30/2010 11:26:00 PM
Andrea - Many Congrats for big win in contest.... Luv/Best wishes.....Hitendra Mehta
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Date: 11/30/2010 7:42:00 PM
Congrats Andrea on your first place win in Thvia's contest with this awesome entry my friend.. enjoy your top spot win tonight with luv..
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Date: 11/20/2010 10:32:00 AM
Ghosts, chills and apparitions' breath you have me shaking. Very visual Andrea. Excellent write. Luv Phyl
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Date: 11/15/2010 8:43:00 PM
Cleverly written and cooly presented to the reader.. lots of atmosphere in this one my friend.. good luck in Thvia's contest... wow.. so many good entries for her contest..she will be busy judging luv.. good luck...
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Date: 11/15/2010 2:17:00 PM
Great poem! I love it! I could feel it and see it! Real poetry..
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Date: 11/15/2010 7:59:00 AM
Well this is clever indeed, Andrea :)-- I really liked how you described the fog over here as a ghost-- definitely gives that eerie feel to it and how fitting that I read this since I saw fog just this weekend ;) of course I was still a bit groggy since it was early morning but I loved how it looked like :) -- really like this chilly piece of yours :) --hope to see this in the winners' list :)-hugs to you sweetie -- nikko :)
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Date: 11/14/2010 2:32:00 AM
is this contest over,, anyways enjoyed your entry, hope it gets solve at the end,,lol,, what ever it is what the ghost longs for,, later,..p.d.
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Date: 11/13/2010 10:33:00 PM
Again I feel that lonliness like in your other sonnet. The analogy with the ghost, if I take it to be a relation to a certain type of person, we are the empty spectre empelled to to travel and seek. You have a talented for formed poetry that has substance. earlier comment: I relate to the seperateness you mentioned b/c I am very independant and he is very antisocial /non affectionate. Most of my writing is about loss and abandonment.
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Date: 11/12/2010 5:36:00 PM
Enjoyed reading your work...
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Date: 11/11/2010 1:30:00 PM
Really atmospheric, a bit creepy, really enjoyed this one.
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