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The Haunting

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Balladeer
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0 posted 10-15-1999 06:56 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

For reasons only God can know my motor died that day
And left me stranded in the hills that afternoon in May.
I trekked the hills with hopes to find assistance, if I could
And, after hours of walking, saw a cottage in the wood.

The cottage fit quite picturesquely in this tranquil scene,
The English countryside resplendant in its coat of green.
A gentle veil of fog and mist lie just above the moor.
I rapped my hand respectfully upon the cottage door.

She opened up the door. Quite pretty she was, I could see,
Blue eyes that could have melted ice looked at me, quizzically.
I told her my dilemma with my most disarming grin.
She chuckled sympathetically and bade me to come in.

I shook the mist out of my coat and asked to use the phone.
From all outward appearances, the lady was alone
Yet, as I looked around the room, I was surprised to see
That, on the dining table, there were settings placed for three.

"Oh, I am sorry", I exclaimed, "for I can plainly see
I've interrupted dinner for you and your family."
A tiny smile came to her lips as she said, "That's all right.
My man and son died years ago just on this very night."

I struggled hard to not weep as I stood in front of her
And said, "Oh, what a tragedy! What caused it to occur?"
"A hunting accident", she told me. "There, upon the moor.
My men would hunt each Saturday for pheasant and wild boar."

"The marsh can be quite treacherous. Huge quicksand pits abound
And, if one drops his vigilance, the sand will pull him down.
Apparently, my son got caught up in the sinking sand.
My husband went in after him. They found them hand in hand."

"For many months I mourned the loss that God had handed me
And felt I that I could not recover from that tragedy,
But then a vision came to me. I saw it constantly
And knew the day would come my men would come back home to me."

"So now I set the table and I wait for their return,
Await the day their silhouettes come pushing through the fern.
My man will call out HERE WE COME! SO SET THE TABLE, HON!
The way he always used to do...and our lives will go on."

I felt so sorry for the lass and her delusioned state.
The tragedy that she endured had simply been too great.
I held my hands out to her and I slipped my arms around
Her waist to give her comfort - that was when I heard a sound.

Cold chills ran up and down my spine. This really was absurd!
Apparently, I'd been affected by the tale I'd heard...
And then I heard the sound again! Too terrified to speak
I tiptoed to the window ledge to have a little peek.

I saw them walking through the mist - a tall man and a boy.
The young wife screamed, "It's them! It's them!". Her face was wild with joy.
The man held high a pheasant and the young boy held the gun.
I heard him call out, HERE WE COME! SO SET THE TABLE, HON!

I screamed..I think..I don't recall. I barrelled through the door
And flew as fast as feet could move across the valley floor.
My sides hurt and I felt my lungs were ready to explode
But didn't slow my pace until I'd reached a major road.

"Hi, honey. Who was that?", the man asked in a curious tone.
"Oh, just someone who'd broken down and asked to use the phone."
"But why did he run off so fast? He hurdled our front fence!"
"I don't know", she smiled, impishly. "He DID seem rather tense."



© Copyright 1999 Michael Mack - All Rights Reserved
caroline
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1 posted 10-15-1999 07:14 PM       View Profile for caroline   Email caroline   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for caroline

LOL Balladeer! Methinks the lady has hoodwinked our 'Deer Great poem!

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2 posted 10-15-1999 07:19 PM       View Profile for Dark Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dark Angel

Balladeer, this was great really great, hehe loved the ending

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Samuel Coleridge


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3 posted 10-15-1999 07:29 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Another great one! And just in time! I was starting to go through Balladeer withdrawal! (not pleasant!) Loved the ending!

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4 posted 10-15-1999 07:31 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Thank you, Caroline and Dark Angel, very much.

Denise, I'll try to make sure that never happens. I thank you.
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5 posted 10-15-1999 07:35 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

What a great story teller you are Baladeer.
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6 posted 10-15-1999 07:40 PM       View Profile for Watcher666   Email Watcher666   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Watcher666's Home Page   View IP for Watcher666

I enjoyed this a lot!! Great story,very funny!

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Illusion...what we see and what we do...it's all up to you.
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7 posted 10-15-1999 08:03 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Absolutely marvelous, 'Deer one... and well worth waiting for!!!! Big, big hugs!!! (But of course my hands are empty of hat pins. *G* Not that I blame you for being suspicious... but I had to toss them to applaud! LOL)
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Very good! A poem about my favorite place in the whole world!!! And England is famous for her wonderful people! (never met a bore from there!)
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Ach! I was expecting the ending to be a little more macabre ... **sigh** ... ah well, 'tis well done anyway ... I really got caught up in this one, Balladeer, but then I have always been one who enjoyed a good folk tale. Thank you for the read.

Nocht

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"Nunc lento sonitu dicunt, morierus"
(Now as I hear this bell tolling softly for another, it says to me, "Thou must die.")

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10 posted 10-15-1999 08:47 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

My thanks to you all.

Suthern, I guess the only way to be safe from you is to keep you applauding! I'll try.

Nochtdraco....yea, I know. It was all set up for blood and gore but I couldn't pull the trigger. Maybe next time.
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11 posted 10-15-1999 09:02 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Deer: Deal! *G* I'd much rather applaud efforts such as this than wield weapons... ('specially since I forgot and stored those pins in my back pocket last week! LOL)
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12 posted 10-15-1999 09:02 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Darned repeats! *G*

[This message has been edited by suthern (edited 10-16-1999).]
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A hair raiser! I can just see you hurdling that fence. LOL...

Great one Balladeer, as always! Fitting for the Halloween season!
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14 posted 10-15-1999 09:58 PM       View Profile for freespiritfem   Email freespiritfem   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for freespiritfem

Ballader, this was Marvelous!!! I loved the way you described everything..it was so vivid...i felt like i was there, I really really enjoyed it...i have goosebumps!!!

Sincerely,

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Paula Diane S.
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Balladeer..the ending was a surprise...i expected her to be a witch and she set the place for Hansel and Gretel...lol I loved this one!!
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Ah Sir Balladeer...you reeled me in with this one. Wonderful story. Hmmm you wouldn't be that kind of trickster now would you?..LOL. I guess walking up to your door would be an interesting experience!
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You sure do know how to tell a story Balladeer
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18 posted 10-16-1999 01:07 AM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

ROFL...I'll have to remember that one...*g*

HUSG

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This was really excellent! Fascinating, unique, and building tension the entire time; and then the ending was absolutely hilarious. I did not expect it to make me guffaw, I thought she really was off in the head! Ho Ho Ho!

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LOL is all I can say

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21 posted 10-16-1999 01:46 PM       View Profile for Munda   Email Munda   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Munda's Home Page   View IP for Munda

You are quite a story teller indeed ! LOL Very well written, a pleasure to read and as always a surprising ending. Excellent !
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22 posted 10-16-1999 03:02 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Your comments make me smile and feel blessed to be part of this group. Thank you all.
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23 posted 10-16-1999 03:51 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Balladeer,
Excellent, but then I've never seen less from you.
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LOL... Balladeer !! Very amusing,enjoyed very much!

Jenny
 
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