Saturday, October 20, 2012

shadows


I have not been posting lately. First, my health is playing tricks with me. Secondly, the acquisition of a PS3 machine turned my attention to somewhere else. I guessed it is high time to get back to some writing, serious or otherwise.

I wanted to post this during the Chinese 7th Month, better known as the Hungry Ghost Month, but it had since long gone. I also submitted this as an entry to Nain Rouge magazine but it was not selected for publication. Maybe it was not spooky enough. :)



photo from imageafter.com



shadows



it used to lurk
behind curtains
silent, still
till a breeze
stirs the cloth
you thought
you saw it
long straight hair
slant eyes
pallor of wax
but then there's
nothing
behind
those flapping cloth

perhaps

it's just the eyes
that were too tired
so now
my windows
have no curtains


now
it glides past
the window
on the corridor
a hesitant shadow
a dark patch
on frosted glass
while i am
killing demons
in a video game
or trying to type
some poetry like this
i expect the clump
or clip-clop
of heels on concrete
that will be
my neighbour
back from clubbing
but
there is no sound
only the hissing
from the tv
through air
that had

frozen

still.


18.10.07
********







This is for participation at Poets Rally Week 75.


A song to listen to : A Whiter Shade of Pale




© cheong lee san ( dsnake1 ) 2012

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33 Comments:

Blogger magiceye said...

Great to see you writing again!

This is a lovely ghost fantasy!

21 October, 2012 00:49  
Blogger Nataeven FairyAn Fallin said...

fears lead to misconception,

it seems like a ghost in the bottom of one's mind when the curtain moves.

lovely poem and story.

21 October, 2012 01:48  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

magiceye,

thank you! i will keep on writing, it's one of the things that keeps me sane. :)


Nataeven,

yes, fears lead to misconception, one starts to imagine things. the mind is a powerful tool.

thanks for the visit and comments. :)

21 October, 2012 07:30  
Anonymous Poetry and Icecream said...

I really enjoyed reading this intriguing poem. I love the moving curtains and "while i am killing demons in a video game". Great imagery. Very nicely done :)

21 October, 2012 07:44  
Blogger Bing Yap said...

i keep my curtains closed at night ;) lovely poem...

21 October, 2012 09:49  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Poetry and Icecream,

Thanks for visiting.:)

i enjoyed video games, and it was while playing one late one night that i wrote this.


Bing

:D

thanks for the visit!

21 October, 2012 11:15  
OpenID fiveloaf said...

lovely and original.. my rally.. http://fiveloaf.wordpress.com/2012/10/15/waters-of-spring/

21 October, 2012 15:47  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

thank you,fiveloaf! much appreciated. :)

21 October, 2012 16:33  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

(Y)

21 October, 2012 16:44  
Blogger Brian Miller said...

ha, good to see you back....ack...the PS3 will def distract you...i hope the health concerns pass as well...the passing of the ghost or the wind in the curtain...we can get so distracted we miss those things...also i tend to leave windows open this time of year...letting the crisp air cleanse the house...and me...

21 October, 2012 20:35  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Brian, thanks! it's so nice to hear from you.
the PS3 is def a distraction.:)
as for the health issues, it should sort itself out over time, i hope.

21 October, 2012 21:16  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Anon, thanks for the thumbs up!

21 October, 2012 21:29  
Blogger Taylor Kong Boomer said...

lovely poem,
happy rally.

21 October, 2012 21:49  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

thank you, Taylor. :)

21 October, 2012 23:30  
Blogger Ihop Smith said...

outstanding.

22 October, 2012 02:34  
Anonymous dsnake1 said...

thanks, Ihop. :)

22 October, 2012 08:39  
OpenID b3tterthisway28 said...

Haha yeah I'm abit paranoid about such stuff as well:) nice write

22 October, 2012 21:24  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

:D

paranoid is the word!

thanks for visiting, b3tterthisway28!

22 October, 2012 22:51  
Blogger Madeline Neilton Jackson said...

vivid capture of the shadows.

23 October, 2012 02:10  
Blogger Janet Mooster Zhou said...

a well fine tuned write on shadows, vivid imagery.

23 October, 2012 02:57  
Anonymous dsnake1 said...

Hi Madeline and Janet,

thank you so much for visiting and leaving your comments. :)

23 October, 2012 21:50  
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25 October, 2012 12:35  
Blogger Stephany ChuBB Hudson said...

shadows are fearful at certain cases,

powerful reflection.

26 October, 2012 02:29  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

hey, i am getting lots of anonymous comments. :)

to Anon of 05:29 hrs -
thanks for the visit. perhaps the next time you may like to leave a name or blog url? :)

to Anon of 10:11 hrs -
i have no idea on how to get listed in Yahoo News. that's a very long comment you have posted. about browser issues, i think most browsers are pretty stable now. i am using Chrome without any problems, i used Firefox in the past and encountered some problems with posting comments but i think the newer versions have fixed it. The newer versions of IE are ok too. about trading links and guest writing, i am not too keen on that, sorry. i don't know how my blog had helped you, but i am glad it did, and yeah, always look ahead to the future. :)


to Anon of 12:35 hrs -
"awe-inspiring" is a nice word. :)
i hope i have gained a regular reader. thanks

26 October, 2012 21:43  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Hi Stephany,

shadows can be fearful, yeah.
thanks for the visit. :)

26 October, 2012 22:02  
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31 October, 2012 16:13  
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