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Spellbound by a Specter

Each night my dreams have become a host
as darkness welcomes a drifting silhouette.
Dancing in candlelight, I see a spectral ghost.

In slumber, I hear him whisper. Is it a threat?
Frightened, I tremble, trying not to provoke.
My gown is now drenched with cold sweat.

From within shadows, the apparition spoke,
"Do not fear me, for I could not do you harm."           
Each night, this was the moment when I woke.

But I'm still dreaming and take his offered arm.  
We waltz in the glow of starlight until sunrise,
and I am spellbound by his wit and virile charm.

A phantom of mystery, but I can't see his eyes
as he holds me close in the pale light of morn.
His visage intrigues me, cloaked in dark disguise.

I woke to sounding chimes and I could have sworn
there lingered the scent of wood sage he had worn.

July 30, 2022 ~ Five Stanza Terza Rima Contest
                    Sponsor: L Milton Hankins

Copyright © Lin Lane | Year Posted 2022


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Date: 10/5/2022 9:34:00 PM

So lovely is this creation, Lin, The last two lines are amazing. Harry
Date: 8/29/2022 2:00:00 PM

As is the depths of a great heart, so springs the creativity that gifts this gem to we appreciative readers. Such awes this old poet. Arab and a gleaming jewel, I go. God bless.
Date: 8/24/2022 10:06:00 AM

You have such a wonderful way of describing things, Lin. I envy that.
Date: 8/20/2022 4:27:00 PM

Well written, Lin. I haven't seen this form very often. I'm reading this late, so I know the contest is over. Congratulations on your placement, my friend. I enjoy the intrigue in this poem. The mystery phantom kept me engaged throughout. The closing was very good. Thanks for sharing your poetry with us. Bill
Date: 8/3/2022 5:29:00 PM

Lin, I couldn't compliment you and your poem any better than Milton did below. I can only add that I also wrote and submitted a recent terza rima but the form was slightly "off" and I hope to learn from this (your) beautiful rendition. PS: Thanks for visiting "my place" earlier today. Cheers, Terry
Date: 8/3/2022 2:04:00 AM

A mysterious Specter who leaves a lingering scent. Chills! This is a wonderful entry Lin. Perfect rhyme too. Brava on your win! Blessings xxoo
Date: 8/2/2022 9:34:00 AM

Back with "Congratulations" on your win. A wonderful write. Have a fun/great/blessed day writing away. ...............
Date: 8/2/2022 9:07:00 AM

A fine poem, Lin, with a most interesting approach. I enjoyed it. Technically sound with good rhyme and flow. Congratulations on your placement in my terza rima contest.
Date: 7/30/2022 11:09:00 AM

WOW!!! What a write/dream. Good luck with this one. Have a fun/blessed weekend.........
Date: 7/30/2022 7:50:00 AM

Quite a dream you had Lin, a shame you had to wake up. Best of luck and hope you have a lovely weekend. Tom