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Ebenezer Church

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Elizabeth Santos
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0 posted 04-05-2000 04:17 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Ebenezer Church

An old forgotten woodsy path
Beckoned footsteps to explore
I knew where it would lead to, though
The old man told me once before

He spoke in an inviting voice
It leads to Ebenezer Church
As though he knew I’d wander there
He said you’ll reach the graveyard first

A footpath wide where worshipers
A hundred years ago would meet
And trek in Sunday ritual
The path lay waiting at our feet

We started off ecstatically
Through woods of maple, oak and birch
Following the hillside path
That led to Ebenezer Church

No need for markers on the route
The earth was worn by years of plod
Two ten-year-olds in jubilation
Hiking toward the house of God

At footpath’s end, a barbed wire fence
We passed protecting arms and head
And there we found in silent stance
A graveyard as the old man said

The oldest tombstone still intact
With faded letters was engraved
The reason for a woman’s death
From fever she could not be saved

We wondered if she still was there
Buried deep beneath the stone
In childish glee we made a plan
To there unearth the woman’s bones

We dug with stones and bits of shale
In deep distraction entertained
Engrossed so, we forgot the hour
And into darkening dusk remained

Awakened from our arduous chore
In quick abandon stopped our search
When eerie sounds came echoing
From out of Ebenezer Church

Without a word in pounding fear
We darted toward the barbed wire fence
And slithered through like slippery eels
In agile moves and numbing sense

The woods were quickly darkening
Unfriendly noises pierced the night
We clung to one another’s shirts
Both sobbing in a fit of fright

The moon was kind to light the way
Reflecting on the limbs of birch
But terror loomed along the path
Away from Ebenezer Church

Leaves were rustling on the branches
Tree frogs, owl and cricket’s trill
Haunted as we made our way
Along the contour of the hill

In dark we groped from tree to tree
Expecting ghostly forms to lurch
Convinced that we were being stalked
By ghouls from Ebenezer Church

When faintly hearing distant calls
We followed voices in the night
At last our country house appeared
And shelter of the kitchen light

Family members gathered round
They’d all been on a frantic search
Asking questions, where we’d been
Our clothing soiled from graveyard’s smirch

I said we took a little stroll
Up to Ebenezer Church


Elizabeth Santos






[This message has been edited by Elizabeth Santos (edited 04-05-2000).]
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Esmeralda Ponsonby
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1 posted 04-05-2000 10:15 AM       View Profile for Esmeralda Ponsonby   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Esmeralda Ponsonby

Lady Elizabeth Santos, This was spell binding and a most intriging read.
Seymour Tabin
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2 posted 04-05-2000 10:20 AM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Elizabeth,
This absolutely a wonderful story poem. You are so very talented. You must start putting your poems in book form. Love Sy
Elizabeth Santos
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3 posted 04-05-2000 10:25 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Esmeralda, Thank you for your lovely comment.Glad you enjoyed it

Sy, Another childhood memory comes to light. Thank you, you are so sweet

Liz
WhtDove
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4 posted 04-05-2000 10:26 AM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

Chillin'! Those days of interest and intrigue in mysteries. LOL...This would be good to post around Halloween Liz.
(not that it wasn't good to post now ya know)
Denise
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5 posted 04-05-2000 08:52 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Captivating tale, Elizabeth! The understatement in the closing couplet is a gem!

Denise
Elizabeth Santos
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6 posted 04-05-2000 09:51 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

WhtDove, this was not a halloween ghost story. It is true. But I'll post it some halloween
Thanks

Denise. So glad you liked this one. It's fun to recall childhood events.And fun to write about them
Thank you
Liz
Mike
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7 posted 04-05-2000 10:16 PM       View Profile for Mike   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mike

This I really, really, really liked.
and if I didn't quite make myself clear, what an absolute pleasure to read.  
Martie
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8 posted 04-05-2000 10:28 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Wow, Liz this is such a wonderful look into the exploration of your little girl times...I absolutely loved it!!!!
Balladeer
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9 posted 04-05-2000 10:32 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

No stories hit home so well as those told through the eyes of a child. You captures that very well. Wonderful writing, Liz.  
Elizabeth Santos
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10 posted 04-06-2000 04:40 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Mike, I'm glad you like it. I enjoyed writing it. Thanks

Martie, That's why poetry is so great , It gives you a glimpse into someones life. These are things we would never think to tell. Glad you enjoyed it

Balladeer, Thanks for your comments. It's fun to be a child again through poetry
Liz
 
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