The wind is absolutely howling tonight, freaking me out a bit. I decided to write a tongue-in-cheek haunted house poem, but it went where it would, and in the end only freaked me out even more. Here it is.
The wind was talking smack against the window frames
When the knock came.
She looked like you, could almost be you
The way that smoke could almost be ink.
I showed her to the wide stone staircase lit with torches.
The mastiffs could barely be kept from falling upon her,
So like nervous rabbits did we seem.
She looked so like you, turning her back the same way,
That I saw each step as we rose to be a tarot card.
I asked her a question,
But she spared me only the same answer shades give
Albeit draped in dark inflections,
Inviting me further into my own house as she gained strength and I became more lost.
There are places no one should ever go--
The greenhouse at night;
The lawn on Hangman's Tuesday.
I offered her a room and she suffered me to come inside,
Undressing and bathing me as if I had died.
She loved me as moths do,
Lightly and unthinkingly--
Again, she was almost you except without the iced white roses you always carry at your breasts
Or the melody you sing to keep me tethered.
I placed my desire in a velvet pouch and slipped it into her pillow case
As one slips poison into fresh dough.
In the morning
Like a black sun,
The half-interested new Mistress of the Manor,
Shutting my eyes inside a bone locket at her throat so that I might always see
How happy she had become
Devouring the desire
Intended for another.