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Ghost
by +Steven Curtis Lance

Friday, March 10, 2006
Rated "PG" by the Author.
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"The living bearing what the dead forgot"





Ghost

You speculate on what survives within
This shuttered shattered sepulcher you see
Where the night does not end nor day begin
Where dappled in the twilight shadows play

Stained with the stinging unguent of abuse
Descending generations death and sin
In living death one soul still flickers there
No explanation given nor excuse

Too many things to tell so none to say
Tethered by taproot deeply dungeoned where
A crust once human to the dust gives way
Emily Dickinsonian recluse

You pass by on the sidewalk and know not
The tales these darkened windows weep tonight
Heavy debt a head-shaking attorney
The living bearing what the dead forgot

Birth-broken wings flap their futility
Futureless featureless backwards journey
Bright sunshine on all sides but here no light
There never was nor will there ever be

In rotting graciousness the grave lies deep
A black hole where the doomed and damned await
Dark ancestors scold from unquiet sleep
Unending grief inherited from fate

The ghost which haunts this haunted house is me

+Steven Curtis Lance



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Reviewed by Regis Auffray 3/18/2006
These haunting verses draw the reader in; most effectively presented, Stevie. Thank you. Love, peace, and strength to you,

Regis
Reviewed by Carolyn Red Bear (The Bear Paw) 3/11/2006
This reminds of that movie, Sixth Sense..... your words here show perception and understanding not of this world.... thank you for sharing....

In Spirit,
Bear
Reviewed by Chrissy McVay 3/11/2006
Wow...very deep poem. You dug the emotional mine well, dear cousin...
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 3/11/2006
You have done a great job with this one!!!

Well done!!

Love tinka
Reviewed by L. Figgins 3/11/2006
Masterfully written, haunting prose. Victims of abuse often feel they are ghostwalkers and keepers of family secrets that are buried with those before them. And oh the misery wraught, the waste of preciousness and the murder of innocence. The last line strikes the final punch. Powerful and dissettling, as well it should be. Brava!

Lin
Reviewed by Missy Cross 3/11/2006
Wonderful piece - what a twist!
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 3/11/2006
Steve,

This one is powerfully penned and haunts the mind...profoundly written. Well done!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 3/11/2006
Fantastic write Steve and one I can relate to so well as a kindred spirit and fellow poet who sometimes lingers too long on the dark side of the minds eye. Well done spectral write with just the right dose of reality tossed in.

Felix
Reviewed by Susan de Vegter 3/11/2006
It is quiet, dark and very easy to calm the inner thoughts just now. Darkness, for me....quiets and eases me on down. It is the void where people sleep and spirits speak easier to be heard. It is the inner voice that capitulates the light.

You are a soul searcher...not just your own a conduir for yesterday. Your poems are haunting.

Very well gone verses .

Susan
Reviewed by Lisa Hilbers 3/11/2006
Steven,
It's odd how the dark of night seems to wake the turmoil within us, but I guess that's when the quiet takes hold, and our insides begin to quiver and argue with our fears.
This really is a profound tale of how we deal with it all.
The photo of the little boy gave me chills to begin with.
Excellent work!

Lisa



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