Tuesday, August 28, 2012

A Remedy For Robbery

Remember the guest
Who stole the room
You gave her to stay and be sheltered in?

Beware the door
That opens to nothing--
A void where no guest can stay, again.

At the station, the stealer
Is stopped by her burden--
A room on a chain on the platform, stopped;

The thief is charming,
Policemen pet her,
Debating whether to hold her or not.

She steals the station,
The train and the tracks,
The schedules and benches, the smoke from the stacks.

Shutter the house,
Leave the lack,
Take only your heart and never look back.


Far Beyond The Ridge said...

Yeah, cut your losses. Sometimes the whole house has to be burned down to eradicate the ghost of one room.
You spin stories so well

Daryl said...

'take only your heart and never look back' ... oh boy ...

hedgewitch said...

"A void where no guest can stay again.." One of your greatest gifts for me, Shay, is this ability to take something intangible and translate it into an image that can't be denied, a physical reality out of an emotion or experience--also, your skill at creating characters shines in this one--I feel I know the thief all too well, and can put a face on her from my own experience. Plus, I always love it when you season it up with some meter and rhyme. Thanks for the great start to my day.

Anonymous said...

I LOVE Stanza 4, and the following section about her stealing everything she comes in contact with. Clearly the message is "Run, baby, run."

Mama Zen said...

I can't comment over the Thin Lizzy stuck in my head!

Helen said...

I agree .. great way to begin my Tuesday!! Reminds me a bit of Lisbeth Salander ....

TexWisGirl said...


Buddah Moskowitz said...

This the perfect bittersweet mix of absurdity and winsomeness. Sometimes you just gotta cut your losses. Sending a firm embrace - Mosk

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Loved every line, the tempo, the rhyme........and the fanciful creature who steals whole rooms and railway stations........way cool!

HermanTurnip said...

Sounds like my last visit to the Winchester Mystery House. Now *that's* the kind of home I'd build if I had the extra scratch.

Jannie Funster said...

Totally cool! Definitely some lines in here for a song. All that stealin' and rhymin'


Anonymous said...

at least she didn't succeed in stealing the homeowner's heart!

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