Saturday, September 20, 2014

Revenge

Her man didn't understand
about the ghosts she said she heard.
The knocks, the noises,
the whispering voices--
impossible. Absurd.

Her man didn't believe in anything
he couldn't hold in his hand.
Such a feckless
show-me skeptic--
such a fucking man.

What was the thing that scared the children,
made them leave their room?
A creaking beam,
a childish dream?
Or maybe, just the moon!

At the stairs he declared there was nothing there,
then was pushed from the back.
He split his head,
now he's dead--
that's just a natural fact. 
_____

for Kerry's "Superstition or Science?" challenge at Real Toads

14 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

a bit of whimsy with a very dark edge. :)

Kerry O'Connor said...

Haha! I love the blend of supernatural and the indisputable fact at the end. This was a lot of fun to read, Shay.

Lolamouse said...

Ha! Maybe he'll believe in ghosts now that he has become one!

Grandmother (Mary) said...

That'll teach him.

Björn Rudberg said...

Ouch.. That was a rough end. Maybe he"ll return as a noisome poltergeist...

Helen said...

Men! Feckless show-me skeptics! Love it ...

hedgewitch said...

Typical. I do love a happy ending, though.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Revenge, indeed...."such a f*ing man!" LOL.

Mama Zen said...

Now, he's a believer!

Magaly Guerrero said...

Oops! You're dead.

Sioux said...

He should have listened to her...

Sara said...

LOL this was a fun romp of a read. I loved the rhyming and the tempo of this one.

This is an odd comment, but it comes to mind regarding this poem. My husband is in a football pool. He's was having terrible luck, even though he investigated every team and used all the resources to tell which to pick.

I teasingly suggested he just use his intuition and pick that way. Since then, he's almost won twice. He doesn't THINK about his choices, but just picks. I love that he trusted himself enough to do this:~)

my heart's love songs said...

Ha! see what happens when you don't believe?

Joanna Jenkins said...

Well... that'll teach him not to believe. Ha!
jj