my sunday poem … # 7

my sunday poem … # 7

This week’s offering is a poem called The Ghostfirst published in 1978 when I was living in Norfolk. A ghost is traditionally perceived to be the soul or spirit of a dead person that can appear, in visible form or other manifestation, to the living. If there are indeed such entities as ghosts I have a feeling that  they would be walking in fear and desperate confusion among us in our material world. So I wrote this. 

the ghost


visible world
haunting me still
a chill to my soul
ice-cold fear
like a spinning diamond
in the floating past

pain without pain
the children of time
are lost in the rain
feeling their eyes
and knowing their touch
my unseen presence flees
among life incarnate

the dark grief
that brought me here
and the priestly silence
that finally began
this restless sleep
this endless deep

o I am shapeless
and forgotten
death took me like a lover
and left me as a sailor
a voyager for ever
on the tide’s eternal drift



16 responses to “my sunday poem … # 7

  1. Nice work! Walking anywhere in East Anglia on a dark and misty night can stimulate those creative brain cells! There is something about the flat terrain, marshlands, the sounds of trickling water, a distant crow, and those of unknown origin, that can make ones hair stand on end on a dark and misty night!.

  2. Wow, Kris, I don’t know how a ghost feels. But what you wrote in your poem feels like this desperate cry for salvation.

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  4. This really is very good indeed.

  5. This one would be perfect for this week’s Daily Post photo challenge – I don’t know if you’ve ever taken part but I find it a lot of fun.

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