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Author's Note: This is a very unusual narrative poem because of the theme I chose to undertake, namely: "Triskaidekaphobia," which is a special word that depicts "Fear of the Number 13." I had to really think about this word and do some research on it, before I proceeded ahead with my narrative write here. This poem, by way of its unusual theme, amply describes the meaning of this seventeen-lettered word, and its involvement and application concerning how hotel floors in hotels are planned and layed out, and the inherit superstition surrounding actually having a "13th Floor" in any hotel. A very interesting poetic theme to write about. Enjoy my reflection and depiction here on "Triskaidekaphobia." As with many poems, this one has something to think about. Enjoy the poem!! (Gary Bateman - May 21, 2020) (Narrative)

Triskaidekaphobia And so, you have “Triskaidekaphobia” on your mind. Indeed, fear of the Number “13” does have a real and a certain palpable feel and meaning for people who harbor this particular phobia and carry it with them in their lives. With triskaidekaphobia, superstitions abound regardless of any rational explanations that are proffered in western societies. The history of mankind is rife with superstitions and old wives’ tales dating back through the centuries as human societies grew and evolved over time and became more or less sophisticated by their own enculturation processes. Nevertheless, next time you’re on an elevator you may notice that a button for a “Thirteenth Floor,” doesn’t exist, and that Floor 12 progresses to Floor 14. And, with a “Floor 13” being non-existent, this may give a person, a pause for a moment, with a certain mental flavor of the phantasmal aura about everything that surrounds a “Floor 13” existing and being listed on the elevator’s button-panel selections—let alone even being mentioned at all. Sometimes the slack in this oddity of the floor numbers may be deflected with a listing for the “Mezzanine” that is an intermediate second floor that’s open to the ground floor by a stairwell. It’s also worth mentioning that many old hotels in the past that still exist today were built with the inclusion of a “Thirteenth Floor.” What to do? Do nothing. “Triskaidekaphobia” will exist regardless, and this phobia, among many others, will help to keep psychiatrists employed, occupied, and busy with all of their various professional endeavors. When in doubt, just remember that the “Loch Ness Monster,” a la “Nessie,” does, in fact, really exist. And, never push that button for that “Thirteenth Floor,” or else . . . ! Gary Bateman, Copyright © All Rights Reserved November 29, 2018 (Narrative)

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Date: 5/21/2020 12:17:00 PM
Enjoyed this! My muse played around with triskaidekaphobia a few months back, I don't believe anything post worthy came of it. I personally do not suffer; 13 was my broker number as a bicycle messenger for 19 years. ;), Have a lovely day! ~mo
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Gary Bateman
Date: 5/21/2020 12:28:00 PM
Hello Pigeon!! Many Thanks for giving my Triskaidekaphobia narrative a read. I stumbled into this word and its meaning by accident while I was finalizing other poems for my upcoming second book of poetry. Personally, I don't worry about the Number 13. It's all superstition in the end. But I did like how this theme unfolded for me while putting this poem together. Cheers and Best Always, Gary